How to Cite

Wujastyk, Dominik et al.: On the Plastic Surgery of the Ears and Nose: The Nepalese Recension of the Suśrutasaṃhitā, Heidelberg: Heidelberg Asian Studies Publishing, 2023.


ISBN 978-3-948791-62-9 (PDF)
ISBN 978-3-948791-63-6 (Softcover)




Dominik Wujastyk, Jason Birch, Andrey Klebanov, Madhu K. Parameswaran, Madhusudan Rimal, Deepro Chakraborty, Harshal Bhatt, Vandana Lele, Paras Mehta

On the Plastic Surgery of the Ears and Nose: The Nepalese Recension of the Suśrutasaṃhitā

A thousand-year-old Ayurvedic manuscript containing the Compendium of Suśruta was announced to the scholarly world in 2007. The Nepalese manuscript, since adopted by UNESCO as part of the Memory of the World, reveals the state of classical Indian medicine in the ninth century. It enables us to study the changes in this medical classic that have taken place from the ninth to the nineteenth century, when printed texts began to dominate the dissemination of the work. The present monograph describes the research project focussed on this manuscript and offers an edition, study and translation of the historically important chapter about the plastic surgery on the nose and ears.

Dominik Wujastyk is Professor and Singhmar Chair in Indian History at the University of Alberta.  He has a research and publication record in the fields of Sanskrit grammar, literature and the history of science in India.  Wujastyk is the Principle Investigator of the Sushruta Project ( of which the present monograph is the first book publication.

Jason Birch is part-time Research Fellow on the Suśruta Project. With an extensive research and publication record in the study of Sanskrit, Indian manuscripts, Yoga and the history of ayurveda.

Andrey Klebanov is an honorary Research Fellow on the Suśruta Project. Dr Klebanov wrote his MA thesis on the Nepalese Suśrutasaṃhitā and his doctorate on Sanskrit literary commentaries. He has expertise in several Sanskrit śāstras. He has published on the history of the Suśrutasaṃhitā its earliest commentaries and the Nepalese MSS that are the core of this project.

The co-authors Harshal Bhatt, Vandana Lele, Madhusudan Rimal, Deepro Chakraborty, Paras Mehta and Madhu K. Parameswaran are doctoral students engaged in research on the history of ayurveda, Indian manuscripts, textual criticism and the history of technical literature in India.