Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Professor Dhirendra Nath Nandy DPM.MRCP (Edinburgh) PHD (Psychology) FNAMS 1918-2017

Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Professor Dhirendra Nath Nandy DPM.MRCP (Edinburgh) PHD (Psychology) FNAMS 1918-2017

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Byline: Uday. Chaudhury

Dr. D. N. Nandy (1918-2017) was a legendary Psychiatrist and an epic maker in Indian Psychiatry. He had PhD in Psychology and MRCP from Edinburgh. He did DPM from Scotland and was a fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences - a fact that validates his strong commitment to Science and Art of Mental Health. His ideas were far ahead of his time. He was born on 13th August 1918 in rural Bengal to a poor family. He passed away on 26th March 2017 at the age of 98 years after living a vary disciplined, distinguished, and dedicated life.

To me, he was a phenomenon in Indian Psychiatry. He was a scientist, researcher, great compassionate teacher, healer and an examiner par excellence. He was a pioneer of Epidemiological research in India—with paper and pencil as his only research tools. He was a great mentor and motivator for students. He founded Girindrasekhar Institute Of Psychological Education and Research, where he started one year counselling course with University recognition. In 1990, he wrote a book in Bengali named ' MonerBikar O Pratikar ' - a benchmark work of Mental Health awareness and management. He founded a popular quarterly journal in Bengali, ' Moner katha ' and ran a very successful out patient clinic for the poor and under priviledged mentally ill—a wonderful blend of brain and compassion. …

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