Columbia University recognises Sushruta as the patriarch of surgery

An article by Columbia University Irving Medicine Center, has recognised the fact that the art of medical surgery was invented by ancient Hindu sage named Sushruta. The article confirms that earliest reference of surgery dates back to some 2500 years in India. It also recognises sage Sushruta’s work, Sushruta Samhita as one of the earliest works in the field of medication, known to humanity.

The article says, “During the 6th Century BCE, an Indian physician named 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 aetiology of more than 1,100 diseases, the use of hundreds of medicinal plants, and instructions for performing scores of surgical procedures – including three types of skin grafts and reconstruction of the nose.”

The article also attributes Sushruta Samhita, the credit of mentioning the technique forehead flap rhinoplasty for the first time. “The Sushruta Samhita documented the aetiology of more than 1,100 diseases, the use of hundreds of medicinal plants, and instructions for performing scores of surgical procedures – including three types of skin grafts and reconstruction of the nose,” the articles says of the treatise.

This isn’t the first instance when the Western world has recognised Sushruta’s contributions. The Royal Australian of Surgeons hosts a statue of the ancient Indian sage, as the father of surgery.

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