Lives of the fellows

Rajmal Kasliwal

b.20 November 1906 d.12 June 1990
MB BS Lucknow(1929) DTM&H(1931) MRCP(1932) MD(1934) FRCP(1959)

Rajmal Kasliwal was born in Deoli, Rajasthan, India, where his father Sri Pyarelal Kasliwal, was a civil servant in the former Jaipur State. He was educated at Maharaja’s High School, Jaipur, and Agra College, Agra. In 1923 he married Srimati Raj Kumari, whose father was a landlord and business man.

Rajmal subsequently studied medicine at the University of Lucknow, his clinicals being undertaken at K G Medical College Hospital. After house posts at the K G Hospital, he joined the Indian Medical Service, Indian Army, in 1935 and served until 1946. From 1940-42, during the second world war, he saw service in Malaya as a medical specialist and was officer commanding in 1942 just before the surrender of Singapore when he was taken prisoner.

As a supporter of India’s fight for independence, he later joined the Indian National Army under the famous Indian leader, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. In 1946 he was appointed professor of medicine and principal of the medical College at Agra. He held this post for two years before taking up a two-year appointment as director of medical services under the Jaipur government.

From 1951-1966 he was professor of medicine, head of department and principal of S M S Medical College, Jaipur, under the Rajasthan Government. In 1966 he became emeritus professor in medicine and he was also emeritus medical scientist from 1972-74 under ICMR. He was a founder fellow of the International Academy of Medical Sciences and its president from 1988 until his death.

He published some 175 papers, mainly on proctology and amoebiasis, in journals of repute in India and abroad. His work in the field of amoebiasis was widely recognized and quoted in several standard books. He received awards from the International Academy of Proctology (USA), the Brazilian Academy of Humanities (1975), the International Institute of Community Service, London UK (1975) and the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow (1976). After retirement he continued to be active in social medicine, working for the aged through Age Care India, of which he was president. He was keenly concerned with the care of orphans and worked for the SOS villages.

Rajmal Kasliwal was a very pleasant and affable man; a scholar, teacher and able administrator. He was also an enthusiastic tennis player. Many people enjoyed his gracious hospitality at his house in Jaipur, where his wife was an equally charming hostess. They had no children of their own but had adopted those of his brother.

V C Luniewska

[Obituary, International med.Sciences Academy,India]

(Volume IX, page 284)

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