Sushruta, Father of Plastic Surgery

Watercolor drawing of Sushruta, via Wellcome Images. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license

Sushruta’s Compendium is one of the foundational texts of Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of medicine. He’s also known as the father of plastic surgery, and was writing about medicine and surgery at least 200 years before Hippocrates.

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Topics in this Podcast: antiquity, rhinoplasty, medical history, Ancient History, Indian history, Asian history