|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 131
Back to our roots
Shyamal K Goswami1, Sandeep Seth2
1 Professor Cardiology, AIIMS Delhi, New Delhi, India
2 School of Life Sciences, Jawarlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
|Date of Web Publication||1-Feb-2018|
Dr. Sandeep Seth
Department of Cardiology, AIIMS, New Delhi
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Goswami SK, Seth S. Back to our roots. J Pract Cardiovasc Sci 2017;3:131
“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree”
Medical science is changing today. Technology is there in all aspects of medical care and cannot be wished away. Seven AIIMS have been established but then what? A placebo-controlled trial for angioplasty suggests that perhaps everyone does not need angioplasty.
We need to be rooted as much in the past as much as we need to be aware of the present. In this issue, we show a history of AIIMS Delhi, in photographs starting from the first convocation which was attended by the Prime minister and President of India. The photos trace the growth of AIIMS to its present status. We also show an article on AIIMS Jodhpur, an upcoming AIIMS. AIIMS Delhi, when it started, did not even have a functioning hospital, but with a motivated staff and students and support from Safdarjung Hospital, managed to reach where it is today. It had ample support of the Government of India, with the health minister herself calling in specialists to head various departments. If we can develop a similar momentum for the other new AIIMS, they can develop a medical care system equal to AIIMS Delhi.
Innovation is necessary in medicine, and the innovation section describes Dr. K.M. Cherian's Heart Transplant in the Abdomen. This is an innovative attempt to creating a ventricular assist device in the abdomen. This was done in dogs, and he plans human experiments in the future. We also give a glimpse of how artificial intelligence is changing the face of medicine today. Centers in Delhi College of Engineering and Indian Institute of Technology have expertise in this field in India and can collaborate with Indian doctors.
The Heart Failure Guidelines have been updated and reissued since a number of changes have happened in the last 2 years since the last update was issued in 2015. These are adapted to India and should be useful for physicians and cardiologists. The case discussion takes the reader step by step through the management of a patient with heart failure optimizing the drug therapy at various stages of heart failure. There are original articles on the Genetics of Restrictive Cardiomyopathy in India and Evaluation of Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy.
A reminder to all our readers. The journal is in the 3rd year. It is now indexed and a teaching journal. Please send articles on any aspect of cardiology which you feel will help teach your fellow colleagues or students.