The Legacy of Suśruta (Hyderabad: Orient Longman) By Maliathan

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  • Introduction: The book consists of 87 chapters and an epilogue, arranged in 15 broad topical sections such as "Food and Drink," "Poisoning," "Birth and Development of a Human Being," and "Rules for Healthy Living." There is a substantial introduction of 34 pages. A pleasing feature of the book is the list of 42 gnomic quotations from Susruta that capture particular nuggest of ancient medical wisdom and wit. These are given in English translation, and in Sanskrit (both Devanagari and romanization). The book contains many helpful tables and lists throughout, and the first half of the book contains several newly-prepared line drawings that illustrate various themes including the surgical instruments and techniques, suturing, bandaging, and bone fractures. The book is completed by an index of botanical names, a glossary of Sanskrit medical terms, and a subject index.

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    © 2007 D. Wujastyk et al. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited.
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    • Wujastyk, D. (2007). The Legacy of Suśruta (Hyderabad: Orient Longman). By M. S. Valiathan. Indian Journal of History of Science, 42(2), 263–276.