Analysis Of The First ' Nose Job '

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The first “nose job” was performed around 2,600 years ago in India. It was performed by a man named Sushruta. Sushruta was a surgeon from India who wrote the first treatise (a piece of writing that deals properly and methodically with a topic), on the basic principles of surgery. This treatise has been translated and passed all over the world leading to many new discoveries in the surgical world. Many of these discoveries from the treatise deal with plastic surgery, mainly nasal reconstructions, or some might call them “nose jobs.” The medical knowledge dealing with plastic surgery from India (circa 600 B.C.), has had a large impact on what plastic surgery is nowadays.
Sushruta, also known as “Father of plastic surgery,” is one of the
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“The Sushruta Samhita contains the major surgical text of the Vedas and is considered to be the most advanced compilation of surgical practices of its time” (S Saraf, R Parihar). Within the Sushruta Samhita’s 184 chapters, lies over 1,100 medical conditions, 120 surgical tools and 300 surgical procedures. It also contains descriptions on Sushruta’s teachings and practices. The information he wrote in the Sushruta Samhita shows he “has considerable knowledge of relevance even today” (S Saraf, R Parihar). In Indian medical literature the Sushruta Samhita is one of the “most brilliant gems” (Bhattacharya, Surajit). The Sushruta Samhita is split into two parts, the Uttara-tantra and the Purva-tantra which is in five sections. It is also believed to be apart of the Arthaveda, which is part of the Vedas, the ancient scriptures of Hinduism. The influence of the Sushruta Samhita isn’t supported only by the amount of knowledge within it’s pages, but by the approaches that he used that are still used to this day.
You’re probably wondering how the information from Sushruta and the Sushruta Samhita got all over the world. It started when surgery in India began its decline during the time of the Buddha (562-472 B.C.). Surgical knowledge was put into lower castes, such as the untouchables, peasants and servants, but was kept alive by passing the information through the generations. Eventually Buddhist
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