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Columbia University says Plastic surgery was started in Ancient India, that too 2500 years ago

Whenever an Indian says that ancient India was very much specialized in technology, medical science and space science, we see a bunch of people pouncing on the individual who made that statement. Few India-hating intellectuals are of the thinking that India’s contribution to the world is Zero (not Aryabhata’s Zero).

Now the left leaning intellects have faced a severe blow after the Columbia University stated that Indians knew the art of plastic surgery since more than 2500 years. The Columbia University stated “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 etiology 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 report also reveals that Sushruta’s written work even mentions of a forehead flap rhinoplasty, a technique still used today. In olden days, nose were chopped off by the kings as a form of punishment. But thanks to Sushruta as the then doctors using his works succeeded in joining the nose. That’s why Sushruta is respected as the “father of surgery” in India.
It is a matter of immense pride that Sushruta had documented the manner of causation of more than 1,110 diseases. Every details of this is recorded in “Sushruta Samhita”. For those who know Sushruta Samhita, it is an ancient Sanskrit text on medicine and surgery.
Palm leaves of the Sushruta Samhita or Sahottara-Tantra stored at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, from Nepal, the text is dated 12th-13th century while the art is dated 18th-19th century
What surprises everyone is that Sushruta Samhita had found cure for many of the diseases, thousands of years ago. But the modern science had succeeded to do it in the recent decades. The book “Sushruta Samhita” is divided into 186 chapters and contains descriptions of 1,120 illnesses, 700 medicinal plants, 64 preparations from mineral sources and 57 preparations based on animal sources.
This book is so valued that it was even translated to Arabic as Kitab Shah Shun al-Hindi’, also known as Kitab i-Susurud, during the early 8th century at the instructions of a member of the Barmakid family of Baghdad.
In the modern medicinal practices, the medical students have to practice what they are taught on either animals or dead bodies. This was also mentioned in Sushruta Samhita. Yes, in the Sushruta Samhita, Book 1, Chapter IX it is stated that “Students are to practice surgical techniques on gourds and dead animals”.
A page from the ancient medical text, Susruta Samhita
In 2004, PM Modi was mocked after he said “We worship Lord Ganesha. There must have been some plastic surgeon at that time who got an elephant’s head on the body of a human being and began the practice of plastic surgery”. Now we are eagerly waiting how the “Ancient-India” hating intellects will respond. to the statement of Columbia University.
Source: Columbia Surgery


Hansika Raj

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