King Sivi and Doctor Sil

  • M. V. van Andel
Part of the History of Ophthalmology book series (ACOI, volume 3)


The classical legend of ca. 500 BC about Buddha who in his former life as King Sivi wished to give a part of his body to the first one who asked for it, lies at the root of the success story of the indefatigable Dr Silva of Colombo, who succeeded through the oldest known story about donation of organs to make Sri Lanka the ‘world champion’ in eye donation. The legend is quoted in this article, followed by a short introduction of Dr Hudson Silva and his remarkable activities.


Good Deed Remarkable Activity Buddhistic Temple World Champion Litter Thinking 
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  1. 1.
    The JÄKATA or stories of Buddha’s former births from the Pali by various hands. Vol. IV, p.250–256, Cowell & Rouse, University Press, Cambridge 1901Google Scholar

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  • M. V. van Andel
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  1. 1.FeerwerdThe Netherlands

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