He fell down a stone staircase, fractured his skull, and was trepanned.
"trepanned" is a story of adventure in Virginia and the Spanish Main.
In no case have we found more than twenty-five skulls without encountering some “trepanned” specimens among them.
The one who nursed you till the first time they trepanned you.
It's trepanned he ought to be; and when there's an inquest on the body, I'll declare I said so.'
She broke down the day before they trepanned you the second time.
My heartless husband had sold me to the captain, to be disposed of in America—trepanned me north for his wicked purpose.
And since the ruin of my relation, another lady of my acquaintance had like to have been trepanned in the following manner.
He was that evening trepanned, a few days afterwards his leg was amputated, and other wounds and fractures dressed.
Many of the skulls had been trepanned, and these are brought into direct association with the full-blood Berbers of the Aures Mts.
c.1400, from French trépaner (14c.), from Medieval Latin trepanum "a saw for cutting out small pieces of bone from the skull," from Greek trypanon, from trypan "to bore," related to trype "hole" (cf. Old Church Slavonic truplu "hollow"), from PIE root *tere- "to rub, turn" (see throw). Related: Trepanned; trepanning.
trepan tre·pan (trĭ-pān')
A trephine. v. tre·panned, tre·pan·ning, tre·pans