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Ancient Tibetan book reveals 3,000-year-old brain surgery

A study of the Tibetan Tripitaka has revealed that brain surgery was being practiced by doctors at least 2,900 years ago.

Karma Trinley, an avid researcher and reader of classic Tibetan literature, Buddhism and calligraphy, began studying the Tripitaka in 1970. “It describes in detail how a young Indian doctor watched brain surgery being performed by a veteran surgeon,” he said.

The young Indian doctor, whose name was similar in pronunciation to the Tibetan name Tsogyel, was not allowed to join the surgery, but merely stood by with the patient’s permission, according to the Tripitaka.

The book said that the patient was suffering from a severe headache and repeatedly knocked his head on hard objects to ease the pain.

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Story: Xinhua | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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