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Bull Indian Inst Hist Med Hyderabad. 2005 Jan-Jun;35(1):61-76.

History of Manuscriptology: study of medical manuscripts.

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Indian Institute of History of Medicine, Osmania Medical College Building, Putlibowli, Hyderabad- 500 095.


Connoisseurs of different areas of learning are apt to hold their particular area higher above all else, as the 'Science of Sciences'. These sciences transmitted to a scholar or to a common man are known through the texts, which are either handwritten or printed. The marvel of accuracy with which the vast literature specially Vedic literature has been handed down or transmitted to us orally, from generation to generations in India carried from person to person through mouth and ear, is a matter of great admiration all early literature that is now available in printed form, originally hand written i. e. in the form of manuscripts is the basis for the learning of science and technology today. Hence, it is forced to grant a top place of honor to the science of Manuscriptology and can be considered as 'Science of Sciences'. The scripts; Writing tools; Languages; Conservation, Preservation, Maintenance of the manuscripts; the study of medical manuscripts and its constraints; the strategies to validate the old concepts, drugs, diseases, and methods of treatment hidden in the manuscripts and knowledge application in the medical science are discussed here under.

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