Paul of Aegina

Information about the physician Paul of Aegina: Also known by the name Paulus Aegineta, Paul of Aegina was a Greek Physician who lived in the mid 7th Century AD. He was born in the year 625 AD on the island of Aegina, Greece. He got the name Aegineta from to his birthplace of Aegina. He took his medical education at the University of Alexandria.

He was one of the highly skilled physicians especially in the area of surgery and gynecology. Even today, most of the Islamic physicians consider him the most eminent of Greek medical authorities. Among the Byzantine physicians, he was the last and the most notable.

He practiced medicine at Alexandria and also at Rome. He stayed in Alexandria even after the Arabic invasions. The Arabs studied, translated and were greatly influenced by his writings and works. His major work was an encyclopedia of medicine written in seven books. His sixth book focussed mainly on surgery and became a model for future development.

The book describes the different surgical processes and techniques practiced, while it includes his personal observations and experience. He has very neatly explained how different conditions can be treated and how different operations are performed. His clear explanation in the book is enough to estimate what a great physician he was.

The explanation he has given about every topic is as complete as it is in any modern book of surgery and medicine. The surgical techniques he described do not differ much from the current techniques and are also very advanced when compared to the methods of that time.