Hua Tuo

200 - 208

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Hua Tuo (c. 140–208), courtesy name Yuanhua, was a Chinese physician who lived during the late Eastern Han dynasty. The historical texts Records of the Three Kingdoms and Book of the Later Han record Hua Tuo as the first person in China to use anaesthesia during surgery. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hua Tuo has received more than 474,736 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Hua Tuo is the 44th most popular physician (up from 56th in 2019), the 91st most popular biography from China (up from 96th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Chinese Physician.

Hua tuo is most famous for its role in Chinese medicine as a diuretic and for its use in the treatment of kidney stones.

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Among physicians, Hua Tuo ranks 44 out of 726Before him are Rita Levi-Montalcini, Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, Polycarp, Virginia Apgar, Emil Kraepelin, and Ambroise Paré. After him are Samuel Hahnemann, Otto Heinrich Warburg, Christiaan Eijkman, Hilary of Poitiers, Otto Fritz Meyerhof, and Franz Mesmer.

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Among people born in 200, Hua Tuo ranks 9Before him are Valerian, Pope Cornelius, Cyprian, Pope Dionysius, Pope Stephen I, and Pope Fabian. After him are Athenaeus, Celsus, Alexander of Aphrodisias, Marcus Claudius Tacitus, Zhang Jue, and Wei Yan. Among people deceased in 208, Hua Tuo ranks 1After him are Liu Biao, Vologases V, and Kong Rong.

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Among people born in China, Hua Tuo ranks 91 out of 1,610Before him are 2nd Dalai Lama (1476), Emperor Wen of Sui (541), Toghon Temür (1320), Hongxi Emperor (1378), Zhou Yu (175), and Qu Yuan (-343). After him are Walter Houser Brattain (1902), An Lushan (702), Yang Guifei (719), Qin Er Shi (-229), Emperor Guangwu of Han (-5), and Dorgon (1612).


Among physicians born in China, Hua Tuo ranks 2Before him are Li Ching-Yuen (1677). After him are Zhang Zhongjing (150), Li Shizhen (1517), Sun Simiao (581), Bian Que (-401), Andrew Yao (1946), Zhong Nanshan (1936), and Liang Wudong (1959).