This study approaches Buddhist Medicine and Surgery by comparing the medico-social events, people who were involved in it and the tools they used; from mainly three civilisations of contemporary period, the Greeks, Romans and Buddhists who prospered in Gandhara. The interactions of all three people for long periods in history are well documented; the study raises the obviously intriguing question why in some areas they influenced each other markedly but not at all in others. No doubt it is the first study on the subject and a number of aspects brought up for discussion may be new and original altogether. This study might raise few issues owing to looking at events from different perspectives because much of the history has no validity of its chronology and the mist of mythology is too thick. The narrative endeavours to engage support from reliable references and quotes from dependable sources.
About the Author(s)
Dr. Nasim H. Naqvi, MBBS, DA, FRCA, retired as Director of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care services from National Health Service, U.K. He has been interested in the history of medicine, and published many papers including a comprehensively illustrated history of blood pressure measurement. The evolution of medical instrumentation, history of the pulse and medical manuscripts are his foremost interests from where he seeks his directions. He is an avid collector of medical antiques and visits museums all over the world looking for medical objects.