World’s first plastic surgeon may have been discovered – Susruta of Northern India could have been performing nose reconstruction as early as 600 B.C.
A new exhibit in India offers the identity of what was possibly the world’s first plastic surgeon. The Science and Technology Heritage Exhibition in New Delhi includes evidence of a doctor who was alive around 600 B.C.
According to official records, the man’s name was Susruta, a surgeon who lived 150 years before Hippocrates – the Greek commonly known as the father of medicine.
Supposedly, Susruta was the pioneer of nose reconstruction in northern India. He is also speculated to have written a medical document called the “Susruta Samhita.” The text includes details about hundreds of possible operations, and more than 40 of them are surgical procedures. Video plays below.