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Neurology India
Medknow Publications on behalf of the Neurological Society of India
ISSN: 0028-3886 EISSN: 1998-4022
Vol. 58, Num. 3, 2010, pp. 506-506

Neurology India, Vol. 58, No. 3, May-June, 2010, pp. 506


Dr. S. Janaki

Secretary, DNA Professor of Neurosurgery, G. B. Pant Hospital, New Delhi, India
Correspondence Address: Daljit Singh, Secretary, DNA Professor of Neurosurgery, G. B. Pant Hospital, New Delhi, India, Code Number: ni10137

[Photo: Dr. S. Janaki]

Dr. Janaki was born in Magwe, Burma, on 27 th May 1927 and left the country in the wake of World War II. She studied at Coimbatore and later at Madras, qualifying MBBS from the Stanley Medical College, Madras. She obtained the MRCP of Edinburgh and, subsequently, the FRCP of Edinburgh and of the Royal College of Physicians, London. She was later elected FAMS.

Dr. Janaki was the first woman neurologist to qualify in the specialty of Neurology in India. After working at the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Christian Medical College, Vellore, which was the pioneer institution to start the specialty, she joined the newly created Department of Neurology at G. B. Pant Hospital as Professor and Head of the Department in 1965 and worked there until her retirement. She was a consultant to the National Heart Institute and other prominent hospitals in Delhi in the disciplines of epilepsy, speech disorders, and stroke. She also established Department of Neurology at Safdarjung hospital, Delhi, in early sixties before moving to G. B. Pant hospital. She was a clinician par excellence, took interest in the foundation of Delhi Neuro club in which she was one of the founder members. She was kind hearted, sweet natured, and gifted with talent in medicine.

She received special training in the UK and USA in centers of excellence, under eminent specialists in the field. She was nominated as an alumnus of the National Hospital, Queen Square, London, which is considered a worldwide pioneer in neurological sciences. She was a founder member of the G. B. Pant Hospital and was instrumental in starting the DM course in neurology. She played a significant role in laying the foundation and shaping the courses of 11 batches of DM students, who are now heading various departments of neurology all over the country. Her contribution to this hospital and neurosciences had been immense and incomparable. She was a recipient of many awards, including the last one she received, a Life Time Achievement Award from the Delhi Neurological Association (DNA) in February 2010. She had traveled widely in Europe, the UK, Japan, and the USA, working in centers of neurology. She held a practicing license in the UK.

Dr. Janaki was a pioneer in the development of her specialty and introduced many innovations in diagnostic procedures. She trained a number of post-graduate students in the specialty and was an examiner in many Indian universities and for the National Board of Examinations in Neurology. She carried out high-quality research in many aspects of neurology particularly in India. One of her research grants was form PL-480 funds from the USA, on "Speech disorders in a multilingual society". The results have been acclaimed in scientific circles. She published over 200 articles in journals of repute. She was the founder Fellow of the Indian Academy of Neurology. She was an ex-president of NSI. She was a master craftswoman. Her other interests included swimming, reading and jewel designing.

She continued to render service to the society by treating children with epilepsy. She took on a record number of patients belonging to the poorest section of society, who were referred to her for her expert opinion and whom she treated free of charge. She was recognized widely for her contributions to patient care, research, postgraduate training, and public service to the downtrodden. Although dogged by ill-health for many years, she continued to work till almost the very end. She left for her heavenly abode at the age of 83 on 10th June 2010. She leaves to mourn her loss a sister and two brothers and their families. She was the sister of an eminent cardiologist of the country Dr. S. Padmawati. May the Almighty rest her in peace and give the courage to the family to bear the profound loss.

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