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Indian Journal of Psychiatry
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  • Presidential Address
  • Medicine


Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 2001, 43 (1), 5-11 Presidential Address THE ROLE AND ROAD AHEAD K.A. KUMAR Esteemed Guests, Dear Friends! At the outset let me thank the fellows of the IPS for having given me the honour of being your President in the dawn of the Millennium. Down the memory line, I recall my having enrolled as a student member of the IPS in 1973, when the organisation was just one tenth of what it is now I have had my humble share of efforts and excitement in the growth of the Society and the pleasure and the privilege of sharing these with many of the elders and peers. After nearly three decades when the Society has grown in membership, stature and activities, it gives me immense joy to recall all these and assume this august chair with your blessings and good wishes. It is customary to deliver a scholarly oration en a personally preferred theme as the Presidential Address. From Aggression to Zest or Antisocial Personality to Zoophobia I could see alphabets of topics and themes, but rolling over them it occurrec' to me. shouldn't I rather convey to my professional brethren the feel of the road I laid and travelled - a road that has not been well - lit or well - laid, nevertheless a road, I feel every psychiatrist, true to his profession would care to travel. There was an incident near my home town some time back that disturbed me as a Clinician. A boy who was to be operated for a lump in a limb was subjected to a circumcision operation in a nearby Government Hospital by mistake. This created a hue and cry and the concerned surgeon and the nurse were charge-sheeted. The plea of the nurse was that it was the duty of the surgeon to identify the patient he had to operate; even if the nurse had placed the wrong patient on the table had he done it, the mistake would not have occurred. The explanation of the surgeon was that it was a very busy surgical day in the hospital with too many patients, a long operation list had to be co

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