i know it's odd to talk about old when it's less than 2 days into the new year, but a member of the old school has passed on.
i read the obituary of prof sengupta, head of orthopaedics when i was his student. his department has this to say about the good professor:
there's no doubt the prof loved to teach. as students, we used to dread his teaching wards rounds, only because he could spend a whole session on just 1 patient, elaborating on clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment & how such a patient may present during the exams. his morning round would often stretch through lunch & the part we dreaded the most was that he could stand throughout the whole proceeding by the patient's bedside, so we had to stand as well. he would end at about 1.30pm & we would have to grab a quick bite before afternoon classes commenced again at 2pm.
such diligence & dedication is rare nowadays.
so, dear prof sengupta, on behalf of the class of 79/84, we all salute you, together with the late profs karim, raman, dhanaraj & bosco, as pillars of our medical education.
you've taken our hands, opened our minds & touched our hearts. you've made us into who we are today & we thank you.
may your soul rest in peace.