Dr. MPS Menon Passes Away:
Homage to My Dear Guru
Dr. C.P. Rauf MD
He continued to nurture the relationship and made it a point to visit me at chest hospital whenever he visited Calicut. Besides, he used to come home to savour his favourite ‘podipathiri’ (a roasted rice pancake) and ‘meen mulakittathu’ (famous Malabar fish curry).
I have no words… words to describe Dr. Menon. He was a good teacher, an excellent doctor, very knowledgeable and research oriented intellectual. He had in depth knowledge on Asthma and other related subjects. Along with various articles in medico journals, he has to his credit, innumerable chapters authored for medical research/text books. He was a keen and studious researcher on the illness ABPA- Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis. His books — Asthma a Medical Enigma: How to Control It, Pulmonary Tuberculosis etc —were very popular and got translated into Bengali.
Dr. Menon took his MBBS from Madras University and MD from university of Delhi. He is also bestowed with FCCP degree from America. He was the doctor representative from India in WHO for many years. He never sought publicity but was content engaging with his research, students and patients. He staunchly believed in doing his Karma without expecting anything in return. May be it is due to this detachment, that even the news of his demise reached me a month later.
He was guiding spirit for many hospitals in Kerala. The Shanti Hospital in Calicut, Valluvambram hospital in Ottappalam, etc still stands testimony, to the selfless services he rendered. Other than medical field he was interested in many social issues. His book — Narayana Menon: A Forgotten Pioneer, Malabar 1920-1947 — biographical note on the political activist, invited a lot criticism. He has sought my help in collecting documents and research materials for this book, which I could manage from the archives of Mathrubhumi, Farooq College library and many other libraries. In the preface of the book, besides acknowledging my contribution he also wrote a line in recognition stating that “student will become the teacher of the Guru”. This book later got translated and published into Malayalam (Malabar Samaram: MP Narayana Menonum Sahapravarthakarum) in August 1992 by the Islamic Publishing House.
His son BK Menon is a doctor at his favourite institute —Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute — in New Delhi. Dr. Menon’s health deteriorated in the last few years and he was admitted more than 5 times to the ICU. He had serious Kidney problems. His son was beside him when he peacefully passed way.
Many renowned students of Prof. Menon are spread across Kerala. Dr. VK Vijayan, the Ex Director of ICMR (currently with Chest Department, Baby Memorial Hospital, Calicut), Prof. KP Govindan, Retd. Head, Chest Department, Calicut Medical College, Dr. P. Sukumaran, Head, Chest Department, Kottayam Medical College etc are a few of them. Many acclaimed chest specialists, taught by him are spread across India too.
Dr. Menon is no more. His loss, I feel, is not only for the medical science, but I consider it as a big personal loss too. The large number of students who were blessed to have him as guru…, the people who interacted with him…, those who took advice or help from him…, will never ever forget his simplicity and positiveness.
Bid Adieu Sir… May Your Soul Rest in Peace….!
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