Abulcasis

Abulcasis

(ä`bo͞olkä`sĭs) or

Abu Khasim

(ä`bo͞o kä`sĭm), Arab physician, d. c.1013, b. near Córdoba, Spain. His chief work, a detailed account of surgery and medicine, was for many years the leading surgical textbook. Known as the Tasrif [the collection], it consisted of three parts, dealing with cautery, with surgery, and with fractures and dislocations. It was translated many times into Latin and into other languages. His name also appears as Albucasis.
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Al-Tasrif" included descriptions and illustrations of more than 200 surgical instruments, many of which Abulcasis created himself (i.
Surgical instruments have come a long way since the time of Abulcasis.