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Happy Doctor’s Day: Remembering a doctor who cured more than just ailments!

Happy Doctor’s Day: Remembering a doctor who cured more than just ailments!

July 1st, 2019

“The presence of the doctor is the beginning of the cure.” – This is probably one of the most accurate quotes which describes those, who more than just engage in ‘practice’, but rather always strive towards providing something a little more, a little more care.

Yes, doctors are the ones that we turn to when we are the most vulnerable with our health; we turn to them for life. While there are different dates on which this day is celebrated across the world, National Doctor’s Day in India is celebrated on the 1st of July. Do you know why 1st July is celebrated as Doctor’s Day here?


Happy Doctor’s Day: Remembering a doctor who cured more than just ailments!

Well, it is the birth and death anniversary of one of the most prominent Indian doctors – the late Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. He was not just a doctor, but a politician of great repute as well.

So, how much do you know about this doctor in whose honour we celebrate Doctor’s Day in India?

Here are some interesting facts about this honoured doctor and his achievements, that sets him apart as an exceptional human being:

Happy Doctor’s Day: Remembering a doctor who cured more than just ailments!
  • Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy is primarily remembered as the second chief minister of West Bengal.
  • Born and brought up in Patna, he moved to Calcutta in the year 1901, when he got admission at the Calcutta Medical College.
  • While pursuing his graduation, there was an acute shortage of funds after his father passed away. He sustained himself with the help of a scholarship he managed to get.
  • Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy after completing his graduation worked at the Provincial Health Service and sometimes even worked as a nurse as and when needed.  
  • He earned both his M.R.C.P. and F.R.C.S. degrees in less than two years in England.
  • The Medical Council of India was founded by him in 1939.
  • Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy actively took part in the Indian freedom struggle and much to his reluctance, upon Gandhi’s insistence, took office as the Chief Minister of West Bengal in 1948.
  • He was conferred the Bharat Ratna by the Government of India on 4th February, 1961.

Not only was he a doctor par excellence, he also made sure he served his country and its people well. Here’s to remembering one of the greatest doctors of all times on this National Doctor’s Day!