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A Doctor for All Seasons

Kavery Nambisan

A successful doctor has few inauspicious events to look back on. Criticism from a patient must rank as the worst of these. Dr Noshir Antia delighted in saying that the greatest gift he ever received was from a leprosy patient who threw a prosthetic shoe at him, saying it did not suit his needs. ‘I was pleased to have so well rehabilitated him that he could express himself without fear’. His other awards included the Padma Shri and the Hunterian Professorship, which the Royal College of Surgeons, London bestows on a choiced few from around the world.

N.H. Antia represented everything positive in our profession. Until his death on June 26, in Pune, at 85, he fought for the betterment of the poor and of ...

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