|DR.SARADA SUBRAHMANYAM: DISTINGUISHED CAREER AS DOCTOR AND RESEARCHER|
family reluctant to sent her outside for higher studies, a fever that
extended her MBBS studies by 6 months, the rustic surroundings including
kerosene lamp that was the labour ward when she started working at
Kodungalloor, resignation from a medical trust in Chennai for having used
forceps for an emergency delivery that was against the rules then, and
then having to start career all over again as instructor at Stanley
Medical College, Chennai… these setbacks did not prevent Dr.Sarada
Subrahmanyam from becoming a pioneering researcher and doctor who has
been honoured with the ‘Woman of the Year’ award by the American
Biographical Institute in 1994.
working under her classmates, who were Professors at Stanley, made it
rather painful, she started to take the best use of the opportunity.
Her hard work paid off, as she was able to obtain Post Graduation
and Doctorate during this time, creating a history of sorts by being the
first person to obtain doctorate in physiology.
a long career at Stanley, when she was able to mould many a successful
doctor, she retired in 1973, only to continue on extension for another 2
years in the same place and then to become the head of Physiology at the
It was her efforts that made the department an eminent one in the
whole of Asia during this time.
research into low frequency magnetic field led to the discovery of many
useful applications and caught the attention of the world.
The ‘Madras Institute of Magneto Biology’ is largely a product
of her effort.
was able to show that these fields are useful in the treatment of men and
animals and can boost the growth of rice.
But more than these, she was able to find much improvement in the
spastics by the use of this method.
taking rest after a surgery, she is waiting to get back to research.
Courtesy: Meera Krishnankutty, Vanitha, April 15-30, 1996
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"Great oaks from little acorns grow."