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A Text Book on Salya Tantra

Rajneesh V Giri, Chaukhambha Orientalia, 2007, pbk, xii, 260 p, $15.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

A Text Book on Salya Tantra/Rajneesh V. Giri

Contents: I. 1. Brief historical review. 2. Diseases and their classification. 3. Vrana Sotha. 4. Vidradhi. 5. Wounds and ulcers (Vrana). 6. 60 measures for management of Vrana Sopha and Vrana (Sasti Upakrama). 7. Sinus and Fistula (Nadi Vrana). 8. Traumatic wounds (Sadhyo vrana/agantuja vrana). 9. Wound infections. 10. Pranasta Salya and Saly Apanayana (Methodology of identification of presence of foreign body and their extraction). 11. Shock and its management. 12. Dagdha vrana. 13. Raktasrava. 14. Parenteral fluids. 15. Ksudra roga. II. 17. Blunt surgical instruments (yantra). 17. Sharp instruments (sastra). 18. Practical operative training (Karma Abhy Asa or Yogya-VIDHI). 19. Process of entering into profession (Visikh Anupravesa/vrttipravesa). 20. Bandaging (Bandhana). 21. Suturing techniques and materials (Sivana Karma). 22. Eight Main surgical procedures (Astavidha Sastrakarma). 23. Main three stages of operation (Trividha Karma). 24. Anaesthesia. 25. Sterilisation methods (Raksa Karma). 26. Caustic cauterisation (ksara karma). 27. Thermal cauterisation (Agnikarma). 28. Blood letting (Raktamoksana). 29. Radiotherapy.

"Susruta Samhita is a treasure house of knowledge in Ayurveda especially the branch of Salyatantra i.e. the branch of surgery. The information available is vast and spread out, collecting which is an enormous task.

Though much information is available, not many standard texts are available in English in Salyatantra. Thus this book is a small endeavor to provide all the information available in Ayurvedic texts as well as brief information of the correlated surgical conditions and operative procedure available in the modern texts.

The availability of both Ayurvedic and modern information about each of the condition will make the understanding of the disease an easier process for the students. This presentation in simple English, in points and in accordance to the CCIM syllabus, will surely make the book an attractive prospect for the students of BAMS."

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