History of Medicine In Sri Lanka

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Before Western Influence
Family Planning
Forensic Medicine
General Practice
Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA)
Hospitals: Colombo General Hospital (National Hospital of Sri Lanka)
Hospitals: De Soysa Maternity Home
Hospitals: Dutch Hospital
Hospitals: Eye Hospital
Hospitals: Green Hospital Manipay
Hospitals: Castle Street Hospital for Women
Medical Education
Medical Libraries
Medical Research Institute
Mental Health
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Sri Lanka Medical Association - SLMA

Follow this link to find out about Information Sources in Sri Lankan.

Before Western Influence

Mahavamsa - The Great Chronicle Of Ceylon (Sri Lanka)-Translated by Wilhelm Geiger.
Ceylon Government Information Department 1960.

Premathilaka L, Aluwihara APR.
Ancient Hospitals Of Sri Lanka: Built Environment & Surgical Systems.
Ancient Ceylon 1990;10:281-289.

Ranasinghe I.
Ancient Health Facilities Of Sri Lanka.
JCCP 1986-87;19-20:3-16.

Wijesinghe SS, Wijesinghe C.
Surgery & Hospitals: The Sri Lanka Tradition.
CMJ 1983;28:48-52.

Uragoda CG.
Medical Inscriptions In Ancient Inscriptions of Sri Lanka.
CMJ 1977;22(1),3-10.

Wood CA.
Ayurvedic Medicine In Ancient And Mediaeval Ceylon.
Annals of Medical History 1926;8(4):135-145.

Uragoda CG.
A History Of Medicine In Sri Lanka: From The Earliest Times - 1948.
Colombo: SLMA 1987;870p

Wijerama EM.
Western medicine in Sri Lanka during the 19th Century.
TCCP 1974;7(1):49-58.

Senadhira MAP.
The histroy of Medical Litrature of Sri Lanka.
TCCP 1974;7(1):59-76.

Rajasuriya K.
Some notable episodes in the History of Medicine in Sri Lanka.
TCCP 1973;6(1):77-96.


Jayawardena ATWP. 
The Impact Of Anesthesiology On The Progress Of Surgery And Medicine. 
CMJ 1991;36:141-46. 

Family Planning

De Silva CC. 
A History Of Family Planning In Sri Lanka. 
Colombo: Silver Jubilee Souvenir Of The Family Planning Association of
Sri Lanka 1978;215p

Forensic Medicine

Cameron JM.
Forensic Medicine-Past, Present and the Future.
JCGH 1973;4(2):59-68.

Subramaniam S.
Presidential Address 1984-85
JMJ 1984;19(2):65-74.


Cooray H.
History of General Dental Practice in Sri Lanka.
SLDJ 1982;13:12-13.

Tillekeratna L.
A short history of Dental School at Peradeniya.
SLDJ 1982;13:17-19.

Government Dental Service-A chronicle of some events.
SLDJ 1982;13:20-21.

Cooray HWM.
History of development of Oral Surgery as a specialty of Dentistry.
SLDJ 1996;25(1):28-30.


Uragoda CG.
Some historical aspects of Dermatology in Sri Lanka.
JCCP 1986-87;19-20:13-24

General Practice

Heennilame GM. 
History of the College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka
SLFP 1979;1(1): 29-31. 

Cooray MPM.
History of the College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka.
SLFP 1984;7(1):17-20.

Fernando AM.
History of the College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka - a personal view.
SLFP 1984;7(1):21-22.

Gooneratne WR. 
A History Of General Practice In Sri Lanka. 
SLFP 1988;11:1-7. 

Aloysius DJ. 
A History of the Independent Medical Practitioners Association of Sri Lanka.
SLFP 1989;12:17-23. 

Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA)

GMOA: the past, present and the future
Journal of The Organization of Professional Associations
of Sri Lanka 1978, 1(2):47-48. 

Hospitals: Colombo General Hospital (National Hospital of Sri Lanka)

Uragoda CG. 
History Of Teaching Hospitals In Sri Lanka: General Hospital Colombo (1). 
CMJ 1991;36:27-32. 

Uragoda CG. 
History Of Teaching Hospitals In Sri Lanka: General Hospital Colombo (2). 
CMJ 1991;36:79-82. 

Uragoda CG. 
History Of Teaching Hospitals In Sri Lanka: General Hospital Colombo (3). 
CMJ 1992;37:29-34. 

Uragoda CG. 
History Of Teaching Hospitals In Sri Lanka: General Hospital Colombo(4):
CMJ 1993;38:36-42. 

Hospitals: Dutch Hospital

Uragoda CG, Paranavithana KD. 
The Seventeenth Century Dutch Hospital In Colombo. 
Medical History 1985;29:182-192

Hospitals: Eye Hospital

Wirasinghe PA. 
Eye Hospital: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. 
TOSC 1986;28(1):23-25. 

Sivasubramanium P.
A tale of two Eye Hospitals.
TOSC 1978-79;21-22:39-40.

Hospital: Green Hospital Manipay
Green Hospital Manipay Centenary Souvenir. 

Hospital: for Women

Fernando L.
Laying in Home to Castle Street - a tale of two hospitals.
SLJOG 1994;17:8-16.


Edirisinghe JS. 
Historical References To Malaria In Sri Lanka And Some Notable Episodes
Up To Present Times. 
CMJ 1988;33:110-117. 

Wijesundera A. 
Malaria - The Scourge Of Polonnaruwa. 
CMJ 1989;34:11-124. 

Medical Education

Wijerama EM.
Ceylon Medical School
TCCP 1975, 8(1):29-39.

Fonseka C. 
History Of The Colombo Medical School. 
Colombo Medical School Centenary Volume 1970. 

Amirthanayagam Mills B.
Dr. Samuel F Green.
JCGH 1971;2(4):145-156.

Cabraal SA.
Development of Medical Education in Sri Lanka.
SLFP 1985;8(1);83-98.

Medical Libraries

Uragoda CG, Aloysius DJ, Lional NDW. 
A History Of The Sri Lanka Medical Library. 
CMJ 1982;27:49-65. 

Medical Research Institute

Gunasekera S.
History of the Medical Research Institute.
JMRI 1985;1:1-8.

Mental Health

Carpenter J. 
The History Of Mental Health In Sri Lanka-Colombo. 
Marga 1988;85p

Cooray MPM.
A historical study of Mental Disease with a view to considering a new concept of treatment.
SLFP 1985;8(1):45-52.


Sheriff MHR.
Development of Renal Medicine or Nephrology in Sri Lanka: Induction Address 1994.
JCCP 1994;27:12-21.

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

De Zilwa L.
Birth and Infancy of Gynaecology in Ceylon.
JCOGA 1994;1:3-6.


Sri Lanka Paediatrics Association.
CJC 1990,19(1):1-2.


Attygalle D.
Gleanings from the past - of men and matter concerning the history of Pathology in Sri Lanka.
SLJP 1985;1:3-10.

Perera RN.
The College- How it all began.
SLJP 1985;1:11-16.


Fonseka C. 
History Of Physiology In Sri Lanka And Prof. A.L.C.Koch. 
CMJ 1989;34:17-25. 

Sri Lanka Medical Association - SLMA

Atukorala DN. 
The Centenary Of The Sri Lanka Medical Association. 
CMJ 1987;32:225-37. 

Karunaratne GW. 
One Hundred Years And Looking Ahead. 
CMJ 1987;32:1-13. 


Soysa A.
The History of Otolaryngology in Ceylon.
SLJS 1985;6-18.


Uragoda CG. 
Surgery In Sri Lanka-The Past. 
CMJ 1996;41:111-114. 

Paul, MA. 
Surgery In Jaffna Civil Hospital 1931- 33. 
JMJ 1979; 14(2):10-19. 


Uragoda CG.
Inaugural address - 24th annual congress.
TOSC 1958;27:1.

Weerakoon CM.
A short history of Ayurvedic Ophthalmology.
TOSC 1958;1:6-12.

Dev Adittya KJL De S.
Presidential Address: The surgeon of the crystalline lense with special reference to alpha chymotripsin.
TOSC 1960;3:5-7.

Jansen TR.
Presidential Address: Three decades of ophthalmology in Ceylon.
TOSC 1960;3:5-7.