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Jatukarna

 

Not much is known about Jatukarna, the co-student of Agnivesa and a great medical author of the golden age of Ayurveda. He is also said to have compiled a medical treatise, but it is not available now. It seems it was available upto Cakrapani�s time as we find profuse quotations from Jatukarna in Cakrapani�s work. Cakrapani seems to have selected passages more from Jatukarna than Bhela.

 

In Satapatha Brahmana he is described as the propounder of Brahmavidya. He is also a great seer whose name is reverent�ly used to denote a Gotra.

The word Jatukarna as such means bat-eared. We do not know whether our Jatukarna had ears like a bat or whether it was just a proper noun without any relation to its derivation.

 

Jatukarnais also known as Jatukarna and is quoted in many famous medical works.

VyakhyaKusumavali

 

VyakhyaKusumavaili contains many other quotations out of which only two are cited above.

NibandhaSangraha:

Tattwa-candrika:

 

We refrain from giving more quotations from this work for fear of length.

 

In commenting on Palankasadyam Tailam Sivadasa quotes the different readings from Jatukarna

VyakhyaMadhukosa,

Susruta:

Vagbhata�sAstangahrdaya:

 

Besides this, we find a host of quotations from Jatukarna in Vagbhata.

It is said that we come to know of the work of this greatly learned author through the scattered quotations in other medical works, the original work having been lost to us, perhaps for ever.