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Short Poem: Humanities My Passion

Poet’s Note: The poem reflects my inner feelings for my teachers who moulded us in our early formative years at our alma mater, the Banaras Hindu University. I am hoping this poem to go a long way in enthusing passion and commitment in young minds today when the entire medical education and its ethical values are at a crossroad.

Humanities My Passion

Humanities literature antyakshari elocution my childhood passion,
Father’s dream destiny took me Benares entered healing profession,
Legendary KNU mentor FMN fascination medicine final destination,
God’s grace PNS my guide risk prevention became lifelong possession.

Poet’s Note: Three professors who influenced me the most and shaped my career:

Dr K N Udupa
Dr K N Udupa

KNU – Dr K N Udupa, Founder–Director and Professor of Surgery, Institute of Medical Sciences, (IMS), Banaras Hindu University. He was a legendary teacher, brilliant surgeon, outstanding researcher and mentor for entire IMS. He took the Institute to dizzy heights by his sheer hard work, vision and selfless devotion. He was a role model for almost all of us who came out of the portal of IMS, BHU from 1960-1980. I joined IMS in 1963 as a first year medical student through an all India competitive test conducted by the university.

FMN – Dr F M Narielwala, Professor and HOD, Medicine joined IMS, BHU in 1965 when we had just entered in third year and started our hospital postings. Tall and handsome he liked to be called as FMN; he was a versatile teacher who used to generate interest in clinical medicine by his erudite interpretation of clinical symptoms and signs. Such was his command in English literature that he was equally comfortable as ‘Professor of English’. He had a profound knowledge of English and political history. FMN had a magic effect on his students. Many of us were goaded into internal medicine in third year itself, though he left IMS BHU to join KEM Bombay and from there shortly to Australia. He left indelible effect on us regarding learning the basics of clinical medicine and ethics.

PNS – Dr P N Somani, Professor and HOD, Cardiology was another charming and extremely polished learned teacher who was a popular teacher in the department and much respected by the university fraternity and his patients. I was allotted to do my PG thesis under Prof Somani. That was the time when the World Congress of Cardiology had taken place in Vigyan Bhawan in 1970 and Dr Somani having attended the Congress was impressed by Oliver’s study on risk factors for ischemic heart disease. He asked me to take up this work for MD thesis. This proved to be my turning point and lifelong mission. It is since that time that I have been putting my heart and soul into risk prevention. Prof Somani continues to bless us from time to time on all holy occasions, be it Holi, Diwali, Independence Day or Republic Day.

Dr Shridhar Dwivedi
Senior Consultant Cardiologist, National Heart Institute, New Delhi
Professor of Eminence, DPSR University, New Delhi
Adjunct Professor of Preventive Cardiology, HIMSR, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi

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