Shishu Sansaar | Stories-Great Indians
4-Aachaarya Sushrut: father of plastic surgery Aachaarya Sushrut, around 600 BC, a genius who has been glowingly recognized in the annals of medical science. Born to sage Vishwaamitra, Aachaarya Sushrut details the first ever surgery procedures in "Sushrut Sanhitaa," a unique encyclopedia of surgery. He is venerated as the father of plastic surgery and the science of anesthesia.
When surgery was in its infancy in Europe, Sushrut was performing Rhinoplasty (restoration of a damaged nose) and other challenging operations. In the "Sushrut Sanhitaa", he prescribes treatment for twelve types of fractures and six types of dislocations. His details on human embryology are simply amazing. Sushrut used 125 types of surgical instruments including scalpels, lancets, needles, Cathers and rectal speculums; mostly designed from the jaws of animals and birds. He has also described a number of stitching methods; the use of horse's hair as thread and fibers of bark.
In the "Sushrut Sanhitaa", he details 300 types of operations. The ancient Indians were the pioneers in amputation, caesarian and cranial surgeries. Aachaarya Sushrut was a giant in the arena of medical science.
Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 05/05/13