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Nostalgia time for physicians

Down memory lane at the Medical College

Down memory lane at the Medical College  

It will be nostalgia time for a host of distinguished physicians gathering at their alma mater, the Medical College, as part of the institution's Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The alumni meet, which is being planned as an upscale event, will also provide young medicos and students a sense of history as well as an opportunity to renew their commitment to the vision of the founding fathers.

In spite of the multitude of ills plaguing the Medical College these days, as an institution that charted a new course in the history of modern medicine in the State, it continues to be one of the few remaining refuges providing clinical expertise that is optimum and affordable.

The Golden Jubilee fete will include screening of a documentary on the history of the institution, cultural extravaganza, and the adoption of a backward hamlet for social and health development. An estimated 10,000 former students are expected to participate in the event.

Sepia pages of the institution's Silver Jubilee souvenir are filled with tributes to a host of persons, including C. O. Karunakaran, Jacob Taliyath and R. Kesavan Nair, who strived against all odds to shape a project on a measly budget of Rs. 50 lakhs.

Adding gloss to the annals of the premier institution is the visit in 1952 by Alexander Fleming, inventor of penicillin. An interesting anecdote has also been spun into the wonder liquid.

It is said that the then all-powerful Diwan, Sir C. P. Ramaswamy Iyer, who grew repentant at the wrongful injury on Rajendran, an innocent youth during an infamous reprisal, tried to make amends.

The Diwan, according to the anecdote, is said to have gone to the extent of arranging airlifted consignments of penicillin to help the youth. In a subsequent twist of fate, Sir C. P. himself had to be administered residual penicillin after he survived an armed attack.

Yet another anecdote is woven around the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru who was here to launch the College on November 27, 1951. The former Prime Minister is held to be the institution's first patient when he bruised a finger shortly before the inaugural function. Medicine was brought from the General Hospital, which was the nucleus of modern medicine in those days.

By M. Dinesh Varma

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