CHENNAI: In the first of its kind, a corporate hospital has brought out a textbook of medicine. The book titled “Apollo Hospitals textbook of medicine” is edited by senior consultant from the Department of General Medicine, Apollo Hospitals, Dr T V Devarajan and the chapters in the book are co-authored by various doctors.
Apollo Hospitals, along with Apollo First Med Hospitals, launched the book in the city on Friday in the presence of many renowned doctors in the city including Apollo founder and chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy. Devarajan, the editor, has over 40 years of experience in teaching and has 28 publications to his credit, including “Clinical medicine made easy” and “Medicine in a nutshell” among others.
Devarajan said that he had worked on the book for 11 years for three hours every day, “I’ve written 11 chapters in the book and the rest of the chapters have been written by various other doctors from various specialisations.” The textbook has been written in two volumes and will be useful for learning for both undergraduate and postgraduate students including BDS, B Pharma and physiotherapy students.
The book covers a myriad of branches, from ancient medicine, yoga to stem cell research, evidence based medicine to medical ethics, legal obligations of doctors and subjects of smoking and alcohol consumption. However, according to Dr Reddy, what stands out most about the book is its chapter on the future of medicine.
“Medicine today is transforming constantly like never before but we are in need of more doctors, more hospitals and better health care; so it is important that at a time like this, we reflect on future and work towards bettering the state of healthcare in the country,” he said.
The book also has a forward by reputed medical professor K V Thiruvenkadam, who was a teacher to both Devarajan as well as Reddy.