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Columbia University says plastic surgery first performed in ancient India

Plastic Surgery

Don’t freak out, yet! RSS or VHP didn’t publish it nor did the BJP. This is an article published on the website of the Department of Surgery, Columbia University. Yes, you read that department right, not some School of Indic studies or Department of Islamic studies.

Article titled on University’s website is :-

History of Medicine: Ancient Indian Nose Jobs & the Origins of Plastic Surgery

Columbia University Irving Medical Center‘s website says that,

“Think plastic surgery is a modern luxury? Think again. It turns out that the roots of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures go back more than 2500 years. It’s a common misconception that the “plastic” in “plastic surgery” refers to an artificial material when it actually derives from the Greek word, plastikos, meaning “to mold” or “to give form.”

During the 6th Century BCE, an Indian physician named Sushruta – widely regarded in India as the ‘father of surgery’ – wrote one of the world’s earliest works on medicine and surgery. The Sushruta Samhita documented the etiology of more than 1,100 diseases, the use of hundreds of medicinal plants, and instructions for performing scores of surgical procedures – including three types of skin grafts and reconstruction of the nose.

Skin grafts entail transplanting pieces of skin from one part of the body to another. Sushruta’s treatise provides the first written record of a forehead flap rhinoplasty, a technique still used today, which a full-thickness piece of skin from the forehead is used to reconstruct a nose. At that time, patients in need of that procedure generally included those who had lost their noses as punishment for theft or adultery.

Today, surgeons use skin grafts to restore areas that have lost protective layers of tissue due to trauma, infection, burns, as well as to restore areas where surgical intervention has created a loss of skin, as can happen with melanoma removal. Some grafts include blood vessels and muscle, such as in reconstructive breast surgery. Amazingly, these techniques are all explained in the Sushruta Samhita.”

-Department of Surgery, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Now, this post was not made to display any pride because some “White Skin” attested to the existence of surgical procedures in India ages before modern medicine dreamt of it. Not posted either so that now the self-pity-ridden, ashamed-of-their-own-heritage lot can “come out of the closet”. It is posted to remind ourselves that while the world outside Bharat is catching our tail, we have become masters at the art of self-loathing. Wake up—both the drama team who will get emotional about every bit related to ancient Indian civilization without understanding and the dhimmis who believe they are successors of some cattle class. Without a shred of doubt, the most peculiar is the “farrago class”, the liberals.

The plight of Hindus is that when some scientists try to point out the Vedic sciences in ancient Hindu texts, some so-called modernists start protesting and name it saffronisation without any research or scrutiny. It is extremely difficult to prove how much of the Indian Vedas, Purana, Upanishads are based on science. But, all the contents are gradually found to be scientifically possible but not imagined by the world so far before their actual discovery.

The critics of the ancient science of India should watch History Channel’s serial ‘Ancient Aliens’, also read Vedas, Puranas, Darshanas to understand India’s rich scientific heritage and contribution to mankind. These so called foreign funded historians can’t name the dynasties prior to Muslim invasions. On one hand, foreign universities including NASA are undertaking research on India rich scientific heritage including Yoga & Ayurveda, here our own Indians are denouncing.

जो सचमुच जानते थे “असंख्य” को : श्रीनिवास रामानुजन

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Pratik J

    January 12, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Thats great. I would liek to get link of the Columbia University publication.

  2. Mudit

    January 13, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    It’s already given in the article, but for your convenience, here it is.. http://columbiasurgery.org/news/2015/05/28/history-medicine-ancient-indian-nose-jobs-origins-plastic-surgery

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