Suśruta,1 the world's first surgeon, was the son of the great sage Viśwāmitra2 of Ancient India and the most prominent of the pupils of Dhanwantari,3 "the Father of Indian Medicine." He lived in Hindustan thousands of years before Christ and long before the Hippocratian Age and was the first to practice and teach the principles of surgery.
Credit is due those distinguished Western scholars, such as Schultze,4 Royle,5 Wilson,6 Müller,7 Heins,8 Johnston-Saint,9 Wise,10 Macdonnell,11 Hoernle12 and Green-Armytage,13 who have made thorough investigation and research into the ancient medical works of the Hindus and have declared unanimously that India is the birthplace of medicine. Credit is also due Thakore Sahib of Gondal, Maharaja Sir Bhagvat Simhajee,14 Mukherjee,15 Bhiśagratna,16 Roy,17 Dutt18 and a
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