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Collected Works of Professor V. Ramalingaswami- Set of 3 Volumes (An Old and Rare Book)

Collected Works of Professor V. Ramalingaswami- Set of 3 Volumes (An Old and Rare Book)
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Item Code: NAZ867
Author: P.N. Tandon
Publisher: Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi
Language: English
ISBN: 9788100000393
Pages: 2034 (Throughout B/w Illustrations)
Other Details: 11.00 X 9.00 inch
weight of the book: 5.68 kg
This set of Volumes contains the publications of Prof. Vulimiri Ramalingaswami who was commonly referred to as 'Rama'. They include: papers published in refereed journals; those presented at various scientific meetings, both national and international; as well as manuscripts of a variety of talks he gave at various other meetings.

Rama's forte was in trying to understand the nature of human disease. Whilst he himself had not engaged in research at the present frontiers of genetics and biochemistry, he understood the implications of all of these developments. The techniques which he used were pathological, epidemiological, and clinical. They invariably dealt with diseases of great importance to vast numbers of society; and he tried to relate these with the broadest long-term issues of human health. He never remained satisfied with a learned paper on a narrow technical theme but was interested in finding solutions to the problems, and particularly policy prescriptions.

Fortunately, apart from. refereed papers, he had left behind the manuscripts of many of his other works; this is different from the normal practice where little is available, other than already printed material. These are particularly important in the case of a scientist of his caliber, who worked on such a broad canvas. All of this material has been carefully collected over a period of time by his dear wife, Mrs. Prabha Ramalingaswami, who passed away in 2007. There was also significant material available with the many distinguished scientists who had worked with Rama.

But most of all, the idea of putting all of this material in the printed form that these volumes represent, was that of Prof. P N. Tandon. He has painstakingly ensured that the collection is as complete as possible. He has done a great deal of research in trying to find out where some of the talks were delivered, and their context; and most important in trying to put together manuscripts, that was largely not suitable for publication, through careful copy editing and proofreading.

Rama was undoubtedly one of the greatest biomedical scientists of recent times in India. His work was far more than simple journal publications; they represent the output of a truly remarkable person, and do provide guidelines for so much more locale-specific work that can contribute to human health.

We all have cause to be grateful to Mrs. Ramalingaswami for her efforts at conserving what would have been a vanishing trove of valuable written material; to Prof. PN. Tandon for bringing all of this together, as can be seen in these Volumes; and to the Indian National Science Academy and the Ranbaxy Foundation for the support they have provided to ensure publication. The Preface by Prof. P N. Tandon gives an excellent account of the origin of this effort, why it was done, and all who contributed to making it possible.

Professor Vulimiri Rarnalingaswami, generally called 'Rama" by everyone, was a legendary biomedical scientist of the twentieth century, in India. He acquired an iconic status in his life-time.

Endowed with a brilliant mind, highly cultivated communication skills, a passion for teaching and research along with deep commitment to public welfare he charted an uncompromising course to achieve excellence in whatever field he chose to follow. Uninhibited by disciplinary, traditional or geographical boundaries he blazed new paths be it in the field of medical education, research, public service or administration. Blessed with an uncanny charm he earned the admiration of all those who came in contact with him. He led by his own examples and thus created leaders out of his students and colleagues. He thus became an outstanding ambassador of Indian bio-medical science globally. Rama was universally recognized for the clarity of his thinking, the eloquence of his presentation - oral or written, an enviable, skill of presenting his ideas and thoughts succinctly, simply, without resorting to too-much technical jargon.

There has been a unique quality of Rama's scientific endeavors. These represent a continuum of cutting edge basic science seamlessly merging into its application resulting in its translation into a policy or programmed utilized by the policy makers to generate a national programmed like the National Goitre Control Programmed or Compulsory Iodination of Salt or the National Nutritional Anaemia Control Programmed. Several of these programmers were adopted by other countries and International organizations.

To preserve his scientific contributions for posterity and to use them to enthuse the younger generation to follow, the Indian National Science Academy, which he presided over and the Ranbaxy Science Foundation which he Chaired accepted the suggestion, to compile his collected works. The task was made feasible due to his meticulous habit of conserving all his published papers and the transcripts of the innumerable talks he delivered. In this effort he was ably helped by his wife Dr. (Mrs.) Prabha Ramalingaswami, who worked hard after Rama's passing away to catalyze the production of these works. It is unfortunate that she also did not survive to see this task accomplished. I take this opportunity to record my grateful thanks for all her help.

Having gained so much from my personal association with Rama, not realizing the enormity of task, I volunteered to undertake this responsibility. I approached his erstwhile students and later colleagues to write brief commentaries on the major fields of his contributions - nutrition, iodine deficiency diseases, liver diseases, anaemia, medical education and medical research etc. I take this opportunity to thank Professors M.G. Deo, Nabeen Nayak, S.K. Sood, Subimal Roy, N. Kochupillai, C.S. Pandav, I.C. Verma, and Kusum Verma for their help. Dr. V. Ramalingaswami Science Foundation chaired by Prof. MGK Menon was a constant source of support in more than one way.

All efforts have been made to collect all possible published and unpublished papers. Regrettably there is still some missing. Similarly there are several unpublished papers which could not be assigned the occasion when these were delivered. Nevertheless these volumes contain extremely valuable material both scientific and policy related to provide a glimpse of the many faceted role Dr. Ramalingaswami played so admirably. It will be a real tribute to him if it could enthuse even a few young biomedical scientists and future policy makers.

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