Happy Doctors’ Day

Dr. Amitava Roy

Today, that is July 1, is celebrated as doctors’ Day in India, to remember, acknowledge, commend doctors for their services.

The idea seemed to have germinated about a century ago in the state of Georgia, USA where grateful patients, relatives and citizen used the occasion to thank doctors by sending cards to them and their wives (do not forget the immense sacrifices that spouses of doctors have to make) or even putting flowers on the graves of the “benefactors’.

Many countries now have their own days to celebrate the occasion. Also the methods and reasons have changed much from the “gratitude” and “emotion” based one by the citizen to an “award” or “recognition” based one by the health care industry, media or the government.

This specific day for celebrating Doctor’s Day in India has was chosen as it was the birthday of one of the most illustrious doctors of the country, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.

The life story of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, also known as BC Roy after whom the national awards for extraordinary achievers in medicine are given, is interesting. He was born on this day in 1882 in Patna where he received his early education. He went on to receive his medical education in Calcutta (now Kolkata) and then sailed to England for further studies.

What I found interesting is that his application for admission to St Bart’s College in London was rejected by the dean 30 times before being accepted, indicating how persevering and “obstinate” he must have been. He then obtained both his MRCP and FRCS degrees in just over 2 years, before deciding to return home.

In his early professional life he worked in the provincial medical service and did private practice charging a fee of Rs 8/- per consultation. Later, He served as a faculty at The Calcutta Medical College for several years.

He joined public life or politics in 1925, and rose through the rungs to become the chief minister of West Bengal. During his long tenure, several hospitals and clinics were built in Kolkata that still serve as the backbone of the government’s health services.

In his younger days, Bidhan came across an inscription that read, Whatever thy hands findeth to do, do it with thy might and he completely imbibed this in his life. Even when he joined politics in 1925, he ensured that his medical service was not disrupted. He would still devote an hour everyday to serve the poor with his medical knowledge.

Dr Roy was a visionary; he tried to decentralize the development of West Bengal, that was till then concentrated only in one city of Calcutta, and developed several towns such as Durgapur, janta,Kalyani, Bidhan Nagar and so on.

Dr. Roy was a perfect admixture of kindness and intelligence.He gifted his house to the people of Bengal in 1961.The Government of India honoured him with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, on February 4, 1961.

Voltaire, the French writer, said, "Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create."

He did not marry, dedicated all his savings to the welfare of the state, and died at 80 on the same day that he was born, ie July1.

A commemorative day is not a bad idea. Although doctors seem to have been projected in India as the latest class of villains and robbers, several phone calls, cards and telephone messages from grateful patients and their relatives on this day do touch the heart and reinforce our belief that the decision to choose this profession was a good one!

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01/07/2018 10:30:35Ramlal sarkarramlalsarkarscout@gmail.comFirst of all happy doctor's day to all. Today is a really special day. Doctors who always keep an eye on our health.They help to protect our life. Today is my Respect to all the doctors on special day
01/07/2018 10:54:23Tasmita Ghosh123agartala@gmail.comA legendary physician Dr. BC Roy, he has contributed greatly to the Indian medical scene. That is knowledgeable article...........
01/07/2018 11:13:44Sumitra Dassumitradas.sagar@gmail.comThank you sir, for giving the knowledge about doctors day. Wish u "Happy Doctors’ Day" sir.
01/07/2018 11:52:16SUBHAJIT PAULspauldeeep@gmail.comhappy doctor's day to all the "second God"s
01/07/2018 16:46:01Dipankar Laskardipankarls70@gmail.comcongratulation to all the doctors of the India. You all are doing great jobs. Its my suggestion to contribute from the core of your hearts.
02/07/2018 05:02:54Gouri Duttaduttagouri86@gmail.comFrom this Article, we can know about details of why a happy doctor's day is celebrated. Well written sir....
02/07/2018 06:52:32Kishor Ambulyambulyk@gmail.comVery well written.Best wishes.
03/07/2018 06:40:22Trinabhtg2018@gmail.comDr. Bindun Chandra Roy was a famous doctor and i read your article and found out more about him. Thank you.....
04/07/2018 11:58:05SUSHANTA DEBNATHsushantadebnath069@gamil.comThank you sir, for giving the knowledge about doctors day. Wish u "Happy Doctors’ Day" sir.
04/07/2018 19:33:27Ramendu Choudhuryramendu@live.comVery well written. Waiting for more article............

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