Doctor fixit: the tome of the modern medico

The Apollo Hospitals Textbook of Medicine could be a life-saver, quite literally, finds Blessy Mathew Prasad

Published: 30th January 2017 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th January 2017 12:30 AM   |  A+A-

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I f you’re a medical student, wondering how you’re going to prepare for the mammoth task ahead of you — your medical exams, then this book might come in handy. The Apollo Hospitals Textbook of Medicine is a two-volume guidebook, covering every practical aspect of medicine. Authored by Dr T V Devarajan, and a few other doctors, this book is the first of its kind to be written by Indian authors.

“What’s unique about the book is that it has eleven more chapters than the regular medical textbooks that are used. It includes chapters on yoga and medicine, medicine law, stem cell medicine and nuclear medicine.

I have also included the latest advancements in medical technology and procedures. So, it is the most updated product that is available at present,” says the 71-year-old. The book was published on November 4, 2016 and it took Devarajan eleven years to write, compile, and edit.

It immediately received good reviews from students and professors, some who went on to mention that they would have scored better in their exams if they had read this book. The textbook contains over 1000 photos and charts, and easy language to help students understand the concepts better. After the introduction, it also includes a few chapters on the discovery of medicine, history, first aid and nutrition — topics that would be useful to even non-medical individuals.

Dr Devarajan, a gold medalist in medicine from Stanley Medical College, spent 29 years of his life teaching medicine without receiving a salary.  In 2003, his students wrote to former president Dr A P J Kalam, requesting him to recognise their professor’s efforts.

What followed was a phone call from Dr Kalam and the BC Roy National Award. “While receiving the award, Dr Kalam asked me what I was going to do with the `15,000 I received. I told him that I would use it to help a poor medical student and I did,” says Devarajan. In 2013, he received the Padma Shri from President Pranab Mukherjee. He hopes to publish his next book on advanced fever.
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