Ophthalmic Techniques Described by Serefeddin Sabuncuoğlu (1385-1468 AD)

Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2004 Apr;32(2):192-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.2004.00780.x.

Abstract

Serefeddin Sabuncuoğlu (1385-1468 AD) was a Turkish surgeon who lived in the Ottoman Empire during the fifteenth century, a time of progressive expansion. When in his eighties, he wrote Cerrahiyyetü'l-Haniyye, which means Imperial Surgery. His book is the first example of an illustrated surgical textbook in the Turkish-Islamic medical literature. The importance of his book rests upon the inclusion of colour miniatures of the surgical procedures, incisional techniques and instruments, all drawn by Sabuncuoğlu himself. Only three hand-written copies exist, two of which were originally written by the author and are currently exhibited in Paris and Istanbul. The book was rediscovered in 1936, but some parts of it are still suspected to be missing. At present, the book consists of three chapters divided into 193 known sections. The sections deal with all fields of surgery including ophthalmology, and cite relevant Greek, Arabic and Persian textbooks. In this historical article the sections of Cerrahiyyetü'l-Haniyye pertinent to ophthalmology are critically reviewed, including a selection of the coloured drawings.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Eye Diseases / history*
  • History, 15th Century
  • Humans
  • Medical Illustration / history
  • Ophthalmologic Surgical Procedures / history*
  • Turkey

Personal name as subject

  • Serefeddin Sabuncuoğlu