Archive for October, 2009

Surgeons of India

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

The Atharvaveda, a sacred text of Hindu dating from the 10th to the 12th centuries B.C., is the first Indic text dealing with surgery. It identifies the causes of disease as living causative agents such as krimi. The Atharvans seek to kill them with a variety of incantations or plant based drugs in order to counter the disease. This approach to disease is quite different compared to the trihumoral theory of Ayurveda. Remnants of the original atharvanic thought did persist, as can be seen in Sushruta’s surgical treatise and in the Garuda Purana — chapter 164. Here following the Atharvan theory, the text suggests the germs as a cause for leprosy. In the same chapter Su?ruta also expands on the role of helminths in disease. Thus the Atharva Veda may be one of the earliest texts to record uses of the antibiotic agents.

The History of Surgery dates from the year 2000 BC in India where Sushruta made important contributions to this domain. His surgical works were translated in Arabic language and made their way to Europe via intermediaries.

The technique of surgery in India has a profound history, as it was first developed by Sushruta (often dubbed as the “father of surgery”), who lived in ancient India around 500 BC. Several centuries down the line, his method of Minimally Invasive Surgery is practiced almost unchanged even today.

Minimal Access Surgery (Laparoscopy, Thoracoscopy, Endoscopy) is the modern technique of the new millennium for doing most of abdominal and thoracic operations. Also known as Minimal Access Surgery, it is one of the most significant advancement of Surgery which took place in the 20th century.

India now became the global health destination for whole world. It is replicating the Thai model, which has been the first Asian destination for International Patients. India benefits from a large staff of world class experts and the ultra-competitive cost advantage it offers.

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