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Neurosurg Focus. 2007;23(1):E13.

The fate of medical knowledge and the neurosciences during the time of Genghis Khan and the Mongolian Empire.

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  • 1Division of Neurological Surgery, Neurosurgery Research, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Abstract

In 25 years, the Mongolian army of Genghis Khan conquered more of the known world than the Roman Empire accomplished in 400 years of conquest. The recent revised view is that Genghis Khan and his descendants brought about "pax Mongolica" by securing trade routes across Eurasia. After the initial shock of destruction by an unknown barbaric tribe, almost every country conquered by the Mongols was transformed by a rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and advances in civilization. Medicine, including techniques related to surgery and neurological surgery, became one of the many areas of life and culture that the Mongolian Empire influenced.

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