March 17, 2006

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Dr.C.K.Ramachandran, Kozhikode

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There are many who discourage others from consulting Dr. C.K. Ramachandran, the renowned physician of Malabar region.  The reason is that in many cases the doctor would diagnose that the impatient patient has no bodily ailment, his or her problem being anxiety born of ignorance.  That such discouragement has had no effect on his effectiveness is born by the fact that even at the age of 79, he is busy as ever.

Earlier, faced with large crowds, the doctor had to even resort to referral system to regulate his practice at home.

He belongs to a family tradition of atleast 4 generations of physicians.  His ancestors were court-physicians of kings of Edappally.    Dr.Ramachandran passed ayurveda course Vaidyakalanidhi with 1st rank in the State.  It was then that he thought of improving his marks in the SSLC which he had completed at the age of 13.  He cancelled his result, rewrote the exam and emerged as the 4th rank holder in the State.  Later he completed MBBS from Stanley Medical College, Chennai with a gold medal and joined as Assistant Surgeon at Ernakulam General Hospital.

After 2˝ years he left for higher studies in London School of Tropical Medicine.  Here too, he completed the diploma with 1st rank and gold medal.  Within 2 years he had become MRCP at Edinburgh and Glasgow.

After his return to Kerala in 1960, Dr.Ramachandran joined the Medical College at Kozhikode.  In addition to numerous common men who benefited from his expertise, many leaders like K.P.Kesava Menon, C.H.Muhammed Koya etc also enjoyed the benefit of his treatment.  Following the treatment of S.K.Pottekkad’s wife, Dr.Ramachandran made many friends among literary circles and wrote a few books.  He was twice the President of Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad.

Since long he has been an earnest student of Indian philosophy.  That and the continuing practice have perhaps softened the loss of his wife, who died in 2000 following a car accident.  He has 4 daughters.


Courtesy: Biju C.P (text), Mathrubhumi Arogyamasika, May 2005
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