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Ayurvedas. Id est medicinae systema.

Susruta Samhita

Published by Ferdinand Enke, Erlangen, 1844
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High Point of Ancient Indian Surgery; Earliest Record of Plastic Surgery Susruta (fl. 6th-5th century B.C.). Susrutas. Ayruvedas. Id est medicinae systema a venerabili d'hanvantare demonstratum. . . . Tr. & ed. by Franz Hessler (1799-1890). 8vo. 3 vols. viii, [4], 206 [2]; viii, 248 [6]; vi, 186 [1]pp. Erlangen: Ferdinand Enke, 1844-50. 252 x 167 mm. 19th cent. calf, a little rubbed. Moderate foxing & browning, but very good. First Edition published in the Western Hemisphere, and First Edition in a Western Language. Garrison-Morton (online) 11 and 6485.93. The principal medical contribution of the ancient Hindus was in the field of surgery, and the greatest early Hindu surgeon was Susruta, a quasi-legendary character about whose dates there is some confusion. His collection, or "Samhita," is one of the two foundation works of ancient Indian medicine, the other being the Charaka Samhita, a work devoted to medicine. The Susruta Samhita includes the earliest description of plastic surgery; this is contained in chapter XVI of the first volume, which is devoted to the repair of torn earlobes and damaged noses, and includes the first recorded description of the pedicle flap method, subsequently named the "Indian" method. Susruta is also credited with the description of 127 surgical instruments, and his descriptions of the operative techniques for abscesses, lithotomy, amputation, treatment of fractures and dislocations, hernia reduction and removal of foreign bodies were especially useful. Franz Hessler, the editor of this first Western edition, was an authority on Hindu medicine and science; the fifth volume of his edition (not present here) was devoted to his commentary on Susruta's text. McDowell, Source Book of Plastic Surgery, pp. 65-67. Rutkow, Surgery: An Illustrated History, pp. 66-69. Waller 9366. Bookseller Inventory # 32098

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Title: Ayurvedas. Id est medicinae systema.

Publisher: Ferdinand Enke, Erlangen

Publication Date: 1844

Edition: 1st Edition

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