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Chitturi Satyanarayana

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 18 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4529
  1. Shiv Chitturi

Born into an family of agriculturalists in Pamarru, East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India, Chitturi Satyanarayana (CS) broke with family tradition to apply for admission into the Madras Medical College, Madras (now Chennai) in 1935. His lifelong rebellious streak made him explore and excel in a diversity of disciplines. Although he had his mind set on becoming a general surgeon, he was offered otorhinolaryngology instead. At that time, there were only four inpatient beds for those with ear, nose, and throat (ENT) ailments in the Government General Hospital, which had more than 1000 beds.

CS pursued his ENT studies with interest, qualifying and heading the ENT department at the Stanley Medical College Hospital between 1947 and 1950 before returning to the government general hospital as …

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