DATE: AUG/20/2020


During the 6th Century BCE, Sushruta – widely regarded in India as the ‘father of surgery’ – wrote one of the world’s earliest works on medicine and surgery. ⁣

The Sushruta Samhita documented the etiology of more than 1,100 diseases and the use of hundreds of medicinal plants. Sushruta developed surgical techniques for reconstructing noses, earlobes and genitalia, many amputated as religious, criminal, or military punishment. He developed the forehead flap rhinoplasty procedure that remains contemporary plastic surgical practice; also the otoplastic technique for reconstructing an earlobe with skin from the cheek. ⁣

Sushruta is considered to be the first surgeon to have removed cataracts, describing varieties of cataracts along with the depression method of couching by the anterior root. He also commented on diabetes, referring to it as madhumeha.⁣

He lived, taught, and practiced in what presently corresponds to the city of Varanasi.⁣

If Sushruta was able to master surgical procedures 2000 years back, imagine what wonders he could have accomplished with the aid of modern technology? ⁣

Photos used : Illustration by Paul Alexander, Retro Futurist Artist


Paul Alexander at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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