|Year : 2006 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 51-52
Obituary-Dr. P. K. Mohan
Anand A Kumar1, Mathew Abraham2
1 Department of Neurology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences,Kochi, Kerala, India
2 Consultant Neurologist, Indira Gandhi Co-operative Hospital, Kochi, Kerala, India
Anand A Kumar
Department of Neurology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences,Kochi, Kerala
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Kumar AA, Abraham M. Obituary-Dr. P. K. Mohan. Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2006;9:51-2
It is with deep sadness that we write this tribute to the late Dr.P.K.Mohan, our teacher and mentor. Dr. Mohan had a massive myocardial infarction and passed away in Mumbai, on 12 December 2005, when he was preparing to travel to Trivandrum after attending a Clinical Meeting.
Dr. Mohan was born in Tenali, Andhra Pradesh on 23 July 1948. He was the first born in a highly educated family where learning was accorded the highest priority. In this atmosphere, he excelled in academics, and especially in mathematics. Friends from his school days remember him to have been a popular student, much loved by his teachers.
Dr. Mohan went on to do his MBBS and MD from the Benares Hindu University and was to have specialized in chest diseases. A quirk of fate turned him to Neurology, the specialty he was eventually destined to contribute much to.
He headed the Department of Neurology at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Trivandrum from 1980 to 1992. During this period, Dr. Mohan along with Dr. John Tharakan had built up an excellent department, well tuned for academic excellence. They had initiated the specialty clinic concept in SCTIMST, where all patients with one disorder would be followed up in one clinic irrespective of which consultant had evaluated them initially. This system later on became the backbone of subspecialisation, that is the hallmark of SCTIMST.
Dr. Mohan became Head of the Department of Neurology when he was an Assistant Professor. In spite of his short experience, he had developed an excellent teaching program for the department. He had evolved the package of two case discussions, two seminars and one electrophysiology discussion per week which has remained since then We were privileged to be among his first students and there were many after us who have always been impressed by his profound knowledge of the subject, his commitment to his students and patients, his humility and compassion. We remember him spending several hours discussing with us the nuances of some of the intriguing clinical problems with his own characteristic sharp humor. Dr. Mohan had also rendered his service in several administrative capacities while at SCTIMST. He had organized regular CME programs twice a year for several years. The proceedings of those CMEs were always well sought after. Dr. Mohan had been responsible for the Postgraduate Residents selection and their personal affairs, when the Institute did not have a Registrar or Dean. He was always very concerned about the well being of his students. One of his students, from North India remembered in a letter to Dr. Manjula, how Dr. Mohan supported and encouraged him to stay back in Trivandrum when he felt terribly homesick and literally nursed him when he fell sick. He continued to write:
'…I have vivid memories of sir - both visual and experiential. I saw him last in 1992 - to me he is still as real and alive. He was very kind to me. I owe my whole career and hence my life to him…. We shared a common interest in Philosophy and Language. My knowledge then was rudimentary. Over the last 13 years I have often thought of him, hoping to meet him and clarify some of my questions against his sharp intellect. That my regret I will always have.'
The writer is now a well-known consultant in cognitive neurology in UK,
As a neurologist his knowledge was difficult to fathom. He was a voracious reader and had his own unique way of analyzing problems. As students we used to see him in the library every evening. He has several publications to his credit and has written chapters in textbooks of medicine. He was equally popular among his patients, rich and poor. Princess Gouri Lakshmi Bai wrote to his wife on hearing about his demise:
'…What a great loss it has been to this city and to the medical world in which he moved. He was an accomplished doctor and one who possessed a large and caring heart. I will never forget how he looked after my illustrious uncle, Maharaja Sree Chitra Tirunal, during his last illness. With legs swollen due to constant standing by the bed of my loving uncle, and with tears rolling down his cheeks, he took leave of Sree Chitra Tirunal. …'
Dr. Mohan had a special interest in disorders of higher mental functions particularly for language disorders. He had engaged in active collaboration with the International Institute of Dravidian Languages in Trivandrum. His pioneering efforts in this direction had ultimately taken shape in the form of the Institute for Communicative and Cognitive Neurosciences under the leadership of one of his students, Dr. P. A. Suresh. Dr. Mohan had always pursued a career of academic excellence. Soon after leaving SCTIMST he joined the Salmania Medical Institute, Bahrain, where he built up an excellent neurology department. Several of his peers and patients in Bahrain remember him with affection. Condolence letters from Bahranis reached Dr. Mohan's wife, even when the addresses were incomplete. Newspapers published from Bahrain carried the news of his demise although it happened several years after he had left that country.
The latter part of his career was spent in the Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences, Trivandrum which was just budding in 2002. The administration of that Institute remarked on the yeomen services that Dr. Mohan had rendered there. He had spent a considerable time to set up a good library in KIMS, once again expressing his passion for books.
His colleagues and subordinates will remember him for his gentle ways, his transparent sincerity and straightforwardness. Apart from being a good human being, he was also a loving family man. He was a person of serene equanimity, a yogi who accepted sorrow and setbacks with dignity and joyous moments with grace. And now that he is no longer with us those qualities of hear and heart take on even more luster for those of us who were privileged to know him well.
His wife Dr. P. Manjula is practicing gynecology in Trivandrum. His daughter is a software engineer employed with Infosys. His son is finishing his tenth class examinations this month. We share with his family our deepest sense of sorrow at their irreplaceable loss. May his soul rest in peace[Figure - 1].
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