Painting entitled ‘Abulcasis blistering a patient in the hospital at Cordova.’

Al-Zahrawi: The Legacy of the Father of Modern Surgery

(Read the article on one page)

Page from a 1531 Latin translation by Peter Argellata of Al-Zahrawi's treatise on surgical and medical instruments.

Page from a 1531 Latin translation by Peter Argellata of Al-Zahrawi's treatise on surgical and medical instruments. ( Public Domain )

In short, Al-Zahrawi has made numerous important contributions to the field of medicine, especially in the branch of surgery. Some of the innovations pioneered by Al-Zahrawi are still being used today, or were used for a very long time. This is evidence of Al-Zahrawi’s lasting legacy, though many of us may be unaware of it.

Featured image: Painting entitled ‘Abulcasis blistering a patient in the hospital at Cordova.’ Source: CC BY 4.0

By: Ḏḥwty


Al-Ghazal, S. K., 2015. Al-Zahrawi (Albucasis) - A light in the dark middle ages in Europe. [Online]
Available at:

Alkhateeb, F., 2012. Al-Zahrawi – The Pioneer of Modern Surgery. [Online]
Available at:

Elgohary, M. A., 2006. Al Zahrawi: The Father of Modern Surgery. [Online]
Available at:

Marvin, C., 2000. Abulcasis. [Online]
Available at:, 2014. The Millennium Anniversary Of Al-Zahrawi. [Online]
Available at:

Shaikh, I., 2015. Abu al-Qasim Al-Zahrawi the Great Surgeon. [Online]
Available at:

U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2011. The Great Systematizers. [Online]
Available at:, 2015. Abu al-Qasim Khalaf ibn al-Abbas Al-Zahrawi, known as Albucasis (936-1013). [Online]
Available at:


I would like to get information about history of medicine and become familiar with experts in this field

Register to become part of our active community, get updates, receive a monthly newsletter, and enjoy the benefits and rewards of our member point system OR just post your comment below as a Guest.

Top New Stories

Smuts house
The farmstead of General Jan Smuts on the outskirts of Pretoria, is reputed to be one of the most haunted private homes in the country, according to Mr Mark Rose-Christie, raconteur and social scientist, who regularly takes brave visitors on a tour of haunted sites on his mystery ghost bus.

Human Origins

Map of sites and postulated migratory pathways associated with modern humans dispersing across Asia during the Late Pleistocene.
Most people are now familiar with the traditional "Out of Africa" model: modern humans evolved in Africa and then dispersed across Asia and reached Australia in a single wave about 60,000 years ago. However, technological advances in DNA analysis and other fossil identification techniques, as well as an emphasis on multidisciplinary research

Ancient Technology

The School of Athens
Much of modern science was known in ancient times. Robots and computers were a reality long before the 1940´s. The early Bronze Age inhabitants of the Levant used computers in stone, the Greeks in the 2nd century BC invented an analogue computer known as the Antikythera mechanism. An ancient Hindu book gives detailed instructions for the construction of an aircraft –ages before the Wright brothers. Where did such knowledge come from?

Our Mission

At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained.

The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

We’re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.

By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings. 

Ancient Image Galleries

View from the Castle Gate (Burgtor). (Public Domain)
Door surrounded by roots of Tetrameles nudiflora in the Khmer temple of Ta Phrom, Angkor temple complex, located today in Cambodia. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Cable car in the Xihai (West Sea) Grand Canyon (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Next article