CME INDIA Presentation by ⚜ Dr. M. Gowri Sankar, MD, Senior Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Medicine, Government Medical College and ESI Hospital, Coimbatore.
Today’s History Feature:
Dr. Bhau Daji Lad
(Jun 8, 1822 – May 31, 1874)
🔸Bhau Daji was born in the small village of Goa, India. His family was poor but he was a childhood genius and a brilliant chess player, which attracted the attention of Governor of Bombay.
🔸After completion of schooling, he moved to Mumbai and joined the famous Elphinstone college in the year 1840.
🔸In 1844, he won the first prize in a essay competition on Female Infanticide. The competition was conducted by the British Government.
🔸The Grant Medical College was established in Bombay in 1845. As he was the topper in the merit list, he successfully joined the college and completed his medical education in 1851.
🔸He was also interested in the Sanskrit language and the Indian System of Medicine. This pushed him to collect manuscripts of medical subjects written in Sanskrit, Arabic and Pali.
🔸While reading the manuscripts he developed an interest in the treatment of leprosy. He further developed a garden and nurtured many native medical herbs.
🔸Soon, he started treating the leprosy patients. After recovery of few patients, he became popular all over the country.
🔸He used his own preparation of Chaulmoogra oil for leprosy. This attracted the attention of modern medical world. This oil was the only source till the discovery of Dapsone in 1941.
🔸Moreover, Dr. Bhau Daji was an Eminent Surgeon and carried out many modern surgeries such as lithotripsy, cataract and also in midwifery.
🔸In addition, he had an amazing collection of Ancient Indian Coins and inscriptions of ancient Sanskrit authors.
🔸His sudden demise left his mission on leprosy incomplete.
🔸The Journal Nature expressed his sad demise as… “This very remarkable native of India, the true friend of his fellow countrymen as well as of science and learning died on May 31, 1874”.
🔸To honour his enormous service, The Victoria and Albert Museum, which Dr. Bhau Daji Lad was instrumental in raising funds for in 1872, was renamed as Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum in 1975.
A Day to Commemorate…
An Eminent Indian Physician
Dr. Bhau Daji Lad 🙏🏼
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