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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 77-79

Jivaka: The great surgeon and physician of ancient India

KAS Medical Center, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Ajaya Kashyap
G-160 Palam Vihar, Gurugram - 122 017, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJCS.IJCS_14_20

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Background: Indian civilization has been home to some of the greatest surgeons since antiquity. Jivaka has been one of the greatest. Three different systems of medicine including Indian, Thai and Chinese look up to him as one of the greatest physicians and surgeons in antiquity. Aims and Objectives: The aim of the present article was to study his contributions to modern medicine and specifically to surgical techniques. Results: Jivaka's approach to surgery was quite modern in giving due importance to pre and post surgical care. His famous cases and innovations include the surgery for fistula in ano, surgical treatment of a volvulus as well as surgery for hydrocele. He was the physician to Lord Buddha and took care of him for several ailments. Conclusion: While we study about the great surgeons in the medevial and modern times we only have to look back at great surgeons like Jivaka in antiquity to realize how it all started.

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