Muslims and Surgery

Muslims have been pioneers in almost every educational field we stress today, including medicine. More specifically, we have early Muslims to thank for helping us get to modern-day surgery. One prominent example of this is Abulcasis, who lived in Muslim Spain during the eleventh century. Widely known as the father of surgery and recognized as the greatest Medieval surgeon, Abulcasis invented many surgical tools, some of which are still used today, and documented many procedures during his time. His Kitab al-Tasrif became an internationally acclaimed set of guidelines for medicine, and many of its teaching continue to be applied. Abulcasis is but one example of the Islamic influence in the world and how Muslims have shaped the modern age in many ways. It’s important to remind each other of this so that we can take pride in it and strive to continue doing so.


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