(Last Updated on : 30/03/2010)
In the Puranas
it is stated that Sushruta is a renowned medical writer. He is the son of Vishwamitra
, and consequently a contemporary of Lord Rama
. Sushruta is said to have studied under Dhanwantara, and his work, termed the Sushruta, still exists, and is considered as a valuable treatise on Surgery.
Sushruta is a well-known surgeon and teacher of Ayurveda who became popular in the Indian city of Kashi in the 6th century B.C. In Vedic Sanskrit Sushruta wrote a medical treatise named as Sushruta Samhita. The Sushruta Samhita contains multiple detailed references to diseases and medical procedures.
The Sushruta Samhita contains one hundred and eighty four chapters and describes of 1120 illnesses, seven hundred medicinal plants, sixty-four preparations from mineral sources and fifty-seven preparations based on animal sources.
The book Sushruta Samhita is attributed mainly to Plastic and Cataract surgery.
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