Lives of the fellows

Latif Rajabally Patel

b.20 November 1917 d.1 January 1991
MB BS Bombay(1939) MD(1944) MRCP(1946) FRCP(1974)

Latif Patel worked as a consultant physician in several public and private hospitals in Bombay, as well as in private practice, but also generously gave his time to treat the poor.

He was born in Bombay into a medical family, which he humorously called 'the family business'. He passed his MB BS with honours in 1939. After gaining his MRCP in London in 1946 he returned to Bombay, where he married Nergish Sher-Mohammed, a microbiologist of some repute, who was teaching at Bombay University. He was delighted to be awarded the Fellowship of the College in 1974 and travelled to London to receive the honour.

Among his appointments he was an examiner for many universities, inspector for the Medical Council of India, president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Bombay, and honorary physician to the President of India.

His research focused on tetanus, and he published many articles on this topic. He was head of the department of medicine at the T N Medical College from 1975 to his retirement when he became emeritus professor of medicine, a post he held until his death.

He was deeply involved in the treatment of the poor, and as managing trustee of Habib Hospital, a charitable foundation, he gave money donated in his honour to set up a pathology laboratory to conduct free and concessionary laboratory tests.

Besides medicine he had many interests, ranging from history, music and glass, to numismatics, photography and billiards. He remained a bon viveur to the last, enjoying life to the full. He had two sons, both consultant physicians, and a daughter, a speech and language therapist.

Roshan McClenahan
Altaf Patel
Hasnain Patel

(Volume XI, page 441)

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