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

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

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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


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