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Ranjit Roy Chaudhury

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 01 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6474
  1. Jeetha D’Silva, Mumbai
  1. j.dsilva{at}

Clinical pharmacologist, academician, and champion for the rational use of drugs

Ranjit Roy Chaudhury was the undisputed renaissance man of Indian healthcare. In a career spanning over 50 years he contributed to many areas of health, including clinical pharmacology, medical education, research, clinical trials, traditional medicine, and public health.

Born in Patna, Bihar, during the British Raj, Roy Chaudhury witnessed the final years of India’s struggle for freedom before independence in 1947. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled at the Prince of Wales Medical College, Patna. First prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru was laying the groundwork for a “new India” with science and technology at its heart, and he urged the youth of the country to join in the task of building the nation. Although he did not wear his nationalism on his sleeve, Chaudhury’s actions throughout his life indicate a deep commitment towards improving healthcare in the country.

One important contribution was the setting up of the specialised Doctor of Medicine (DM) programme in clinical pharmacology at the Post Graduate Institute …

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