Bloodletting and more! A Nixon Library Halloween tour

Trepanned skeleton

There will be bloodletting! Not really, but you get the idea.

The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is hosting a Halloween tour, “Disturbing Medical Devices and Practices from the Past,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 31.

The tour will feature historic instruments used for bloodletting, trephination (look it up!) and amputation, images of tooth worms and eye surgery, passages that describe being buried alive and exorcism, plus plenty of spooky stories.

Venture up to the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library on Halloween and discover the goodies inside the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

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