Journal of Minimal Access Surgery

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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 487-

Veni, Vidi, Vici: Memoirs by the father of laparoscopic surgery in India

Shrirang Vasant Kulkarni 
 Department of GI Surgery and Liver Transplantation, Army Hospital Research and Referral, New Delhi, India

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Department of GI Surgery and Liver Transplantation, Army Hospital Research and Referral, New Delhi - 110 010
India




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Kulkarni SV. Veni, Vidi, Vici: Memoirs by the father of laparoscopic surgery in India.J Min Access Surg 2022;18:487-487


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Title of the book : More Than Just Surgery, Life Lessons beyond the OT

Author : Dr. Tehemton Erach Udwadia

Language : English

Genre : Autobiography

Publisher : Penguin Books

Year of Publication : October 2021

Pages : 304

ISBN : 9780670096510

MRP : Rs 799/-

I loved reading the book 'More than just surgery, life lessons beyond the OT', authored by none, but the father of Indian laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Tehemton Erach Udwadia.

Dr. Udwadia is well known as the brilliant surgeon who has performed the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy in India. Apart from prestigious lifetime achievement awards by several national and international surgical societies, he has been conferred Dr. B. C. Roy National Award and high civilian honours such as Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and OBE. He has authored books like 'Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy' in 1991 and 'Laparoscopic surgery in developing countries' in 1997.

This tour de force in a flashback mode takes us along the path the author has sought in his life. The engrossing roller coaster ride over more than eight decades takes us through his childhood, medical college days, residency, research and higher education in India and abroad while describing the milestone laparoscopic cholecystectomy against a background of sceptical criticism with great detail. The touching select narratives describing the emotional bond with his patients introduce the reader to the balanced nature of Dr. Udwadia.

Dr. Udwadia rightly pens down the two different surgical-care scenarios in our vast country with horrendously burdened city hospitals on one side and a few rural set-ups on the other, trying their best to care for and cure their far-flung patients amongst compromised working conditions. His Gandhian passion to reach out to rural India tries to give solutions to this problem with a multi-pronged attack through dedicated efforts by the government both in letter and spirit.

The last few chapters showcase the philosophical surgical Guru out of Udwadia. 'The making of a surgeon' has nicely been drafted and is morale-boosting. This Hunterian professor has repeatedly emphasised that honesty, hard work with empathy and passion for the profession always pay. Despite his great achievements, he has described his professional journey with great humility and modesty.

This warm, straight from the heart account of people and incidents against the backdrop of surgery is an honest narration by a witty surgeon oozing with compassion. The linguistics is so engaging and lucid that my 10-year-old daughter loved reading the initial few chapters describing the stalwart's childhood. I strongly recommend these inspirational pearls of wisdom for everybody, in particular the surgical fraternity, both the young budding and the established ones.