Lives of the fellows

Bhaskar Balwantrao Yodh

b.15 December 1898 d.31 October 1971
MB BS Bombay(1921) MRCP(1924) DTM&H Eng(1924) FRCP(1962)

From 1953 until his death Bhaskar Baiwantrao Yodh was consultant physician and emeritus professor to Sir J.J.Hospital and the Grant Medical College. He was one of the early pioneers in clinical research in Bombay.

Born at Ahmedabad, Gujerat, India, his father Yodh Baiwantrao Dahyabhai was a clerk. He was educated at Baroda High School and the University of Bombay, where he graduated MB BS in 1921, obtaining his MRCP and the DTM&H in 1924. He was elected a Fellow in 1962. He was also a Founder Fellow of the Indian Academy of Medical Sciences.

Yodh started his teaching career as a member of the pathology staff at Seth G.S.Medical College, Bombay. This was followed by an appointment as honorary physician to Sir J.J.Hospital and teacher in medicine at the Grant Medical College, Bombay. A large number of eminent consultant physicians, specialists, and medical practitioners in Bombay have reason to be grateful to Yodh for his systematic and scientific teaching of medicine. He had an abiding interest in medical education at university level and was a senate member of the University of Bombay for over fifteen years and dean of the medical faculty. He was also a senate member and syndicate member of the University of Baroda.

He worked on tetanus, typhoid, dysenteries and other problems of tropical medicine. As secretary of the Tuberculosis Association of Bombay and Maharashtra he initiated outdoor clinics and domiciliary treatment in Bombay City. Joint honorary secretary of the Bombay Branch of the BMA from 1926-1940, he was also president of the Bombay Branch - and later the Bombay Territory - of the Indian Medical Association. He was secretary and president of the Association of Physicians of India, and president of the Society for the Relief of Crippled Children until the end of his life.

Bhaskar Baiwantrao Yodh was a keen Rotarian and was elected president of the Rotary Club of Bombay for 1966-67. His other interests included swimming and music. He married Saroj, daughter of Keshav Harshad Dhruva, a writer and Sanskrit scholar, and they had two sons and two daughters. One of his sons is an eminent neurosurgeon in Bombay.

Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
V Luniewska

[Lancet, 1972, 1, 390; Brit.med.J., 1972, 1, 515]

(Volume VI, page 483)

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