Ramesh Chandra JoshiBMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1877 (Published 26 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1877
- Alan Cunnington,
- Anil Joshi,
- Raj Joshi
Ramesh Chandra Joshi had a long and distinguished career as a consultant physician in respiratory medicine, during which he developed a modern respiratory medicine service, including a first class clinical measurement unit at Walsall Manor Hospital. He was born in Kanpur, India. Both of his parents, Sohan Lal Joshi and Dayawati Joshi, and his grandparents were doctors. He lived an interesting early life before and after the partition of India. His family became the first car owners in the area; they had a black Morris, the only make and colour available. He had a menagerie of pets, including stray dogs, mynah birds, and a monkey (which did not stay in the household for long). During the summer months, as he grew older, he used to visit the hill station of Nainital, enjoying walking by himself in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Ramesh's first intention was to join the Indian Air Force, but when he presented the recruitment document to his father for approval it was immediately ripped up. However, their loss was definitely a gain for medicine and for all the people he treated during his long …