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APROPOS Jenny Gathorne-Hardy's breathtaking adventure in trepanation ("The hole story of my life", Review, 17 September), she could have obtained similar results and rewards to those she claims by practising both yoga - headstands would be particularly appropriate to her aims - and meditation in a disciplined fashion. These practices do not carry any risk but would require long-term application and concentration. But less appealing, I suppose, than the spectacular enterprise of trepanation.

G Bon

London NW6