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LESSONS FROM HISTORY
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 203-205

History of pediatric cardiology in India


Department of Cardiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Anita Saxena
Department of Cardiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2395-5414.166318

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In India, the discipline of cardiology started in the late 1950s and at that time pediatric cardiology was practiced as a part of cardiology specialty. This article traces the history of pediatric cardiology in India. Dr. S. Padmawati and Dr. Kamala Vytilingam underwent training in pediatric cardiology at international centers in the early 1950s and early 1960s. Dr. N. Gopinath successfully closed a ventricular septal defect using a pump oxygenator at Christian Medical College, Vellore. Open heart surgery program kicked off in the 1960s with the tireless efforts of many other surgeons. Dr. Rajendra Tandon, trained for 2 years at Boston Children Hospital under Dr. Alexander Nadas, joined the Department of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in 1963. This and many other stories are described.


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