Advertisement

Child's Nervous System

, Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 545–546 | Cite as

Hydrocephalus in Sabuncuoğlu's Textbook of Surgery: Cerrahiyyet’ ul Haniyye

  • Tufan Hiçdönmez
  • M. Memet Özek
Cover Picture

In the history of medicine, as a distinct surgical entity, hydrocephalus has been known since the Greek antiquity. From the time of Hippocrates to the Renaissance, many physicians mentioned hydrocephalus, the excess of fluid in the head [1, 6, 9]. One original chapter that mentions hydrocephalus is found in the handwritten and illustrated textbook of surgery namely, Cerrahiyyet’ ul Haniyye, about a fifteenth century Turkish surgeon. Serafettin Sabuncuoğlu (1385–1486 AD) was born in the historical northern Anatolian town of Amasya. He began his medical studies at 17, and he practiced medicine and surgery at Amasya Dar-es Sifa Hospital until his death.

The surgical textbook Cerrahiyyet’ ul Haniyye, which means “the imperial surgery,” was handwritten and illustrated by the author in 1465 [11]. The cover figure shows Sabuncuoğlu in his own miniature performing an incision to treat the water accumulation in the head of a young child. Written in old Turkish with Arabic alphabet, these are...

Keywords

Hydrocephalus Fifteenth Century Water Accumulation Subdural Effusion Hydrocephalic Child 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

  1. 1.
    Aronyk KE (1993) The history and classification of hydrocephalus. Neurosurg Clin N Am 4:599–609PubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Batirel HF, Yuksel M (1997) Thoracic surgery techniques of Serefettin Sabuncuoglu in the fifteenth century. Ann Thorac Surg 63:575–577CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Bekraki A, Gorkey S, Aktan AO (2000) Anal surgical techniques in early Ottoman period performed by Serafeddin Sabuncuoglu. World J Surg 24:130–132CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Buyukunal SN, Sari N (1991) Serafettin Sabuncuoglu, the author of the earliest pediatric surgical atlas: Cerrahiye-i Ilhaniye. J Pediatr Surg 26:1148–1151CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Dogan T, Bayramicli M, Numanoglu A (1997) Plastic surgical techniques in the fifteenth century by Serafettin Sabuncuoglu. Plast Reconstr Surg 99:1775–1779PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Drake JM, Sainte-Rose C (1995) History of CSF shunts. In: Drake JM, Sainte-Rose C (eds) The shunt book. Blackwell, Cambridge, pp 993–1012Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Elmaci I (2000) Color illustrations and neurosurgical techniques of Serafeddin Sabuncuoglu in the 15th century. Neurosurgery 47:951–955CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Erbengi A (1993) History and development of neurosurgery in Anatolia (part one). Turk Neurosurg 3:1–5Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Goodrich JT (1994) Landmarks in the history of neurosurgery. In: Rengachary SS, Wilkins RH (eds) Principles of neurosurgery. Mosby, Wolfe, pp 1–25Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Lyons AE (1995) Hydrocephalus first illustrated. Neurosurgery 37:511–513PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Sabuncuoglu S (1992) Cerrahiyyet'ul Haniyye. In: Uzel I (ed) Serafettin Sabuncuoglu Cerrahiyyet’ ul Haniyye. Türk Tarih Kurumu Yayınları, Ankara, pp 210–212Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Uzel I (1997) Dental chapters of Serafettin Sabuncuoglu’s (1385–1468) illustrated surgical book Cerrahiyyetul Haniyye. J Hist Dent 45:107–112PubMedGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryTrakya University School of MedicineEdirneTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Neurosurgery, Division of Pediatric NeurosurgeryMarmara University Medical Center and Acýbadem Institute of Neurological SciencesIstanbulTurkey

Personalised recommendations