Sushruta: The father of Indian surgery and ophthalmology

K. B. Kansupada, J. W. Sassani

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

21 Scopus citations

Abstract

Sushruta is the most celebrated physician and surgeon in India. Though he practiced during the 5th century B.C., many of his contributions to medicine and surgery preceded similar discoveries in the Western world. Sushruta devotes a complete volume of his experiences to ophthalmologic diseases. In the Uttar Tantrum, Sushruta enumerates a sophisticated classification of eye diseases complete with signs, symptoms, prognosis, and medical/surgical interventions. In particular, Sushruta describes what may have been the first extracapsular cataract surgery using a sharply pointed instrument with a handle fashioned into a trough. His ability to manage many common eye conditions of the time with limited diagnostic aids is a testament to his virtuosity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-167
Number of pages9
JournalDocumenta Ophthalmologica
Volume93
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Physiology (medical)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Sushruta: The father of Indian surgery and ophthalmology'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this