Pramod Karan Sethi

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 07 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:334
  1. Anand Arya

    Developed the Jaipur foot for amputees in the developing world

    Pramod Karan Sethi, popularly known as Dr P K Sethi, made a unique contribution in orthopaedic rehabilitation by developing the Jaipur foot, a wood and rubber ankle-foot prosthesis which has changed the lives of millions of amputees in developing and underdeveloped countries.

    He was born on 28 November 1927 in the holy city of Banaras (Varanasi) in India. His father, who was a professor of physics at Banaras Hindu University, exercised the greatest influence over him. In the words of Sethi, “my father imbued me with a strong sense of rectitude, doing things ‘morally right,’ and a desire for intellectual achievement.” He graduated from Sarojini Naidu Medical College, Agra, in 1949, with honours in surgery and six other subjects. In 1952 he received his mastership of surgery from the same institution. This degree was not recognised by the British medical council, and to pursue a career at a medical college in India, Sethi had to become a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. He applied to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and was allowed to enter on the basis of his outstanding record without having to repeat his undergraduate examination, as was then customary. He received his FRCS in 1954. On returning to …

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