Madness has always intrigued artists, and medieval paintings sometimes presented this malady's treatment via the surgical removal of cranial stone. What was the stone of madness? Was it mere fantasy, metaphor or an actual medical condition? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe collect their trepanation tools and investigate.
The Stone of Madness
Image Caption: The extraction of the stone of madness, by Hieronymus Bosch (ca 1450-1516). (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images); Madrid, Museo Del Prado. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
Artatomical: The Stone of Madness and Folly (contains all three featured images)
The Psychedelic Nightmare of Ergotism (podcast)
Was Hieronymus Bosch on drugs? (video)
'Jan de Doot' by Carel van Savoyen (painting)