The First Anatolian Contribution to Treatment of Sciatica by Serefeddin Sabuncuoglu in the 15th Century

Surg Neurol. 2009 Jan;71(1):130-3. doi: 10.1016/j.surneu.2007.09.007. Epub 2008 Mar 4.


Serefeddin Sabuncuoglu was an early 15th century surgeon in Anatolia. His masterpiece entitled Cerrahiyetül Haniye (Imperial Surgery) is the first illustrated surgical textbook in the Turkish Islamic literature of the Ottoman era Anatolia. It is the first written medical-surgical work in Anatolian history and it covers the treatment of more than 40 illnesses, which range from hydrocephalus to sciatica. This study aims to investigate the contribution of Anatolia to neurosurgery through Sabuncuoglu's treatment of sciatica, a problematic and common illness.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Cautery / history
  • History, 15th Century
  • Humans
  • Neurosurgery / history*
  • Sciatica / history*
  • Sciatica / therapy*
  • Surgical Wound Infection / prevention & control
  • Textbooks as Topic / history
  • Turkey

Personal name as subject

  • Sabuncuoglu Serefeddin