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New oil in old lamps A modern perspective on Ancient Indian Surgery"

Event Date: 12, November 2009

IIT London Chapter invites you for a talk by K.M.N.Kunzru, MS,FRCS,DHMSA on Thursday 12th November 09 titled, New Oil in Old Lamps: A modern approach to Suśruta’s Surgery

Suśruta , the surgeon/physician practised in Varanasi in the middle first millenium BCE. We know little about him as a person , except what one can glean from his Compendium of Medicine and Surgery, Suśrutasamhitā .

The Compendium is in six parts, five sthāna s, and the final, significantly and extensively edited, Uttaratantra. The treatise appears to be directed at qualified practitioners of Medicine and Surgery; more like a vade-mecum, than a textbook for the untrained student

Though many translations and commentaries on the book have been published, only a few are by practising modern surgeons. Singhal and Valiathan are the more recent ones.

Ravi Kunzru has tried to approach the work in a different way. He has himself translated relevant surgical and related parts of the Compendium with the help of and validation by Sanskritists. .He has ,in addition, uniquely attempted to reproduce three surgical procedures in cadavers , human and animal, with the aid of other specialist colleagues. He will talk about his observations when reproducing these surgical operations
Details of the talk are given below
Date: Thursday 12th November 2009
Venue: Upper Ground Square Lecture Theatre
(IC Business School) Tanaka Building,
Imperial College London South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2A
(Nearest tube – South Kensington)

Program for the evening
5:30 pm Registrations, Coffee, Networking
6:30 pm Welcome and talk by Dr. Kunzru
7:15 pm  Questions and Answers  
8:15 pm  Vote of Thanks  

Dr. K.M.N.Kunzru

Dr. Ravi Kunzru is the Emeritus Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon ,at Whipps Cross University Hospital London . He is also the Honorary Consultant Adviser in Orthopaedics for the UK to the Royal British Legion

Dr. Kunzru holds membership of the following Medical societies.

Membership of
Medical Societies:
1) British Orthopaedic Association (Senior Fellow)
2) Royal Society of Medicine (Life Fellow) 
History of Medicine

Past Councillor
Past President
3) Hunterian Society of London Past President 
  4) Medical Society of London   President 
  5) British Orthopaedic Foot and
    Ankle Society)
Past President 
  6) British Society for Surgery
    of the Hand
(Senior Member) 
  7) Society of Apothecaries:   Faculty of History of Medicine  
  8) Historical Medical Equipment Society

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