Hindu mythology and medicine

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 01 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:819
  1. R Raveendra Varma, paediatrician
  1. Mother Hospital, Trissur, India

    My fascination with Hindu mythology dates back to my early childhood. Evenings then were generally dull, as we had no television in those days. One evening, however, I found one of my grandaunts telling stories from Hindu mythology to her grandchildren, and I was entranced.

    By the age of 6, I knew the whole of Bhagavatha, which is the story of Krishna, an incarnation of the Hindu god …

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