Talk:/Medical Institutions in ancient india/method of theoretical and practical study/Anatomy
�Therefore a surgeon desiring knowledge free of all doubt must investigate well the dead body and study the human anatomy In short direct observation and theoretical knowledge together conduce to the enhancement of the surgeon s store of knowledge as a whole.
It is for this reason that the body of a man who has not died of poison or of a long-standing disease and who has not lived to be too old and whose bowels and excrements have been removed should be fitted in a case and wrapped in sacred grass or bark cloth or reeds etc, and placed in a running current of water at a spot not exposed to public view. When it is soaked well for seven days, it should be taken out and scrubbed slowly with a brush made of either cuscus grass, hair, bamboo or balwaja grass and all the body-parts such as skin etc and the details of the external and internal body- limbs as have been described ( in the text ) should be observed keenly with the eyes.
It is not possible to see with the physical eyes the subtle principle of the spirit in the body for it is visible to the eye of wisdom or meditation alone.
The wise physician therefore should know the troth both by studying the body as well as the text of the science and resort to practice having cleared all his doubts by the help of both observation and authoritative texts �