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Glimpses of Surgery & A Surgeon


Prowess Publishing
April 29, 2021

Book Details

"Glimpses of surgery and a surgeon" is a well written narrative of a surgeon about his personal life and philosophy, with a short history of medicine and surgery, his experiences in surgical practice, his observations and thoughts about surgery of the past and future, with relevant references. The writing is charming, simple, nostalgic and humorous. His "stories" are narrated in painstaking detail with suspense and expectations. He succeeds in drawing your attention. A skinny 17 yrs old boy arrives in the city of Madras after a first ever train ride from Udupi. He meets a "stocky and dark vice principal, wearing a tie and thick soda glass spectacles" at Stanley Medical College. He was asked to get out of the office and have his shirt buttoned up. He complied and was advised to find accommodation in the Hostel. He manages to join the hostel where he finds room enough to sleep on the verandah. When he took his exam in MS, a strange thing happened. The student failed because his own mentor, Prof. S.C. Misra and two other examiners disagreed with his diagnosis-although the candidate made the right diagnosis which became evident later, by further investigations! He is a gifted story teller with picturesque description of several real case histories. His memory is amazing for details. This nice book will make interesting reading for his friends, medical students, nurses and surgeons especially.(Full review in the book.)

Author Description

Mananje Mohan Rao was the 8th child, out of the 12 children of Late Sri Mananje Seshagiri Rao & Late Smt. Radha Bai. Born & brought up in rural settings, he had his basic schooling in Udupi with Kannada as the medium of instruction. After completing Intermediate class in M G M College, Udupi, he joined Stanley Medical College, Madras for MBBS in 1955. Then he went on to do M S in Surgery at King George's Medical College, Lucknow and M Ch in Plastic Surgery in Madras Medical College. After his marriage in 1965, he settled in Madras and joined the'honorary' service as assistant surgeon in 1965 and later was appointed as 'Honorary Chief' in Surgery in Govt. Royapettah Hospital and Hony. Professor in Surgery in Kilpauk Medical College. After serving as a medical teacher for about 31 years, he retired in 1996. But he continued in private practice and started the new 'Dr. U. Mohan Rau Memorial Hospital' in 1995. At the height of his practice in 2003, he retired completely and settled in his 'Retreat' in Mysore and moved over to 'Suvidha Retirement Village' in Bangalore in 2013. He has written a large number of articles on medical and non-medical subjects in his website (www.mohanraohospital.com). He has also made a few scientific presentations in national conferences and also written articles in medical journals. Besides, he has also made several mini movies and presented them in the YouTube. This is his first attempt at writing a 'book' on his overall experiences as a Surgeon.

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