European Spine Journal

, Volume 14, Issue 8, pp 810–812 | Cite as

First detailed description of axial traction techniques by serefeddin sabuncuoglu in the 15th century

  • Gulsah Bademci
  • Funda Batay
  • Hakan Sabuncuoglu
Letter to the Editor


Serefeddin Sabuncuoglu was a famous Turkish surgeon who lived in Amasya, Central Anatolia in 1385–1470. He is the author of the first illustrated surgical textbook in the Turkish-Islamic literature, namely, ‘Cerrahiyyetu’l Haniyye’ [23]. There are three known handwritten copies of the book; two in İstanbul [18, 19] and one in Paris [20]. His marvellous book, ‘Cerrahiyyetu’l Haniyye’ was re-discovered in 1939 by Suheyl Unver [22]. In, 1992 Ilter Uzel, a Turkish medical historian, examined three copies of the book and published them in Turkish, English and Arabic [23].

The book consists of three chapters (cauterization treatments, surgical procedures and fractures and dislocations), 193 topics and 206 pages dealing with many fields of surgery [4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 24]. The book includes the author’s own coloured miniature drawings of the operative procedures.

Sections of this book regarding spinal disorders are reviewed. He describes the management of spinal dislocations in...


Wooden Block Current Treatment Modality Axial Traction Traction Technique Sphincter Incontinence 
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The authors would like to thank to Assistant Professor M. Esat Sarıcaoglu from University of Kirikkale, Department of History for his excellent translations from old Turkish to modern Turkish; Assistant Professor Sedat Kaygusuz from University of Kirikkale, Faculty of Medicine for his assistance and Dr. Hakan Sabuncuoglu for providing us enormous references and figures from his own archives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gulsah Bademci
    • 1
  • Funda Batay
    • 2
  • Hakan Sabuncuoglu
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of KirikkaleKirikkaleTurkey
  2. 2.Bayindir Hospital, Neurological Sciences Center Division of NeurosurgeryAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Guven Hospital, Division of NeurosurgeryAnkaraTurkey

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