chapter  3
Ancient India
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Modern surgical practices, especially those of plastic surgery, have their origins in ancient Indian civilization. While Greece influenced medicine in the West, Ara­ bic medicine was the authority in Europe before the 17th century. Since the Ayur Veda literature was translated into Arabic and Persian by the 11th century, it is logical to assume that the practices developed in the Indus Valley went not only East, as far as Japan, but also West, to influence medicine today.