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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT  
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 169
Message from the President


President Indian Psychiatric Society, President SAARC Psychiatric Federation, President Elect Association of Industrial Psychiatry of India, Consultant in Psychiatry, Prashanti Clinic, Mohammadwadi, Pune, Maharastra, India

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Date of Web Publication5-Feb-2018
 

How to cite this article:
Raju M. Message from the President. Indian J Psychiatry 2018;60, Suppl S1:169

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Raju M. Message from the President. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 Apr 19];60, Suppl S1:169. Available from: https://www.indianjpsychiatry.org/text.asp?2018/60/6/169/224318




It was eight years ago that the Indian Journal of psychiatry showcased to the world a well crafted volume on psychiatric research in India. Now we see another addition to the rapidly growing library of the Society. This book, a creation of the fecund mind of the editor, Dr. T.S.S. Rao is something of a potpourri of articles which holds promise of taking the older amongst us on a misty eyed journey of nostalgia and enables the blossoming and burgeoning tribe of the present day psychiatrists and students get an opportunity to have a look at our roots. I must also congratulate Dr. Alok Sarin, Dr. Sanjeev Jain and Dr. Pratima Murthy for excellent job done in this difficult area.

I have had the pleasure of reading the seminal articles of the redoubtable Dr L P Verma on the history of psychiatry in India and Pakistan in the 1952 editions of our journal as well as the much treasured book on mental hospitals in India by the towering personality Prof Shridhar Sharma. This book resorts, most appropriately, to some creative indulgence by slipping in pieces on great pox, rehabilitation and RMPA which like cardamom seeds in a rice pudding tickle the taste buds of the mind. The article on Reserpine will definitely make us feel proud to know that the psychopharmacology revolution started here in India. Old timers will recall the advertisements in our journal of 1949 for products like Ralfen and BromoRaulfin! Finally a dash of future pacing – even a phlegmatic will have his fill.

Some may not agree but the history of modern psychiatry in India is the history of its mental hospitals. Quite surprisingly, Yerawada perhaps the largest institution in Asia does not find a place in the book. As a nation we somehow do not feel proud of our historical heritage, may be because of the philosophical orientation of crediting our doings to a greater doer! It is very thoughtful of Dr. T S S Rao to conceptualise the book, collect authors and deliver it to us in record time.

I congratulate all the authors for putting some excellent words in all the pages.

Long live Indian Psychiatric Society



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Correspondence Address:
Dr. MSVK Raju
President Indian Psychiatric Society, President SAARC Psychiatric Federation, President Elect Association of Industrial Psychiatry of India, Consultant in Psychiatry, Prashanti Clinic, Mohammadwadi, Pune, Maharastra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.224318

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