Today is Doctors' Day- Let's remember Dr. Bidhan Chandra RoyThis great doctor was born in a lower middle-class family in Patna on 1st July, 1882. He completed his MBBS from Calcutta Medical College in extreme hardship. After working and doing private practice for some time, he went to England and completed MRCP and FRCS within 2 years 3 months (an extra-ordinary event) from world-famous St. Bartholomew Hospital in London. Returning to Kolkata, he started private practice and social service simultaneously. He became the Mayor of Kolkata, and after independence, he became the second Chief Minister of West Bengal in 1948.
Leaving aside his yoman's service for the partition-affected State and its people, let us talk about his expertise as a physician. The old-timers of Kolkata (my mother included) still say that Dr. Roy could diagnose the disease immediately when the patient entered his chamber. In very complicated cases, he used to diagnose by simply smelling a patient. He used to prescribe diagnostic tests in one among 10,000 patients, in extremely critical state.
This great physician and statesman breathed his last on 1st July, 1962. His birthday (as well as death-day) is celebrated as Doctors' Day in India.