Lives of the fellows

Charu Chandra Saha

b.1 February 1903 d.?
BSc Calcutta(1923) MB(1929) DTM(1932) MSc(1933) FRFPS(1936) MRCP(1937) FRCP Glasg(1964) FRCP(1965)

Charu Chandra Saha was a neurologist and psychiatrist in Calcutta, India. He was born in Jessone, West Bengal, the son of Shyam Lal Saha, a medical practitioner and merchant, and Sabha Sundari Saha née Sikder, the daughter of a merchant. After completing his secondary education, he went on to the Scottish Church College in Calcutta, where he gained a BSc in 1923. He then entered R G Kar Medical College, also in Calcutta, and qualified with his MB degree in 1929.

In 1936 he gained his fellowship of the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and, in 1937, his membership of the Royal College of Physicians.

From 1939 he was a senior visiting physician at Calcutta Medical College, charged with starting a clinic for neurology and psychiatry. From 1963 he was head of the department of psychological medicine there, with responsibility for the diploma in psychological medicine course.

From 1939 to 1942 he was a clinical lecturer in neurology at the R G Kar Medical College. He then spent six years as a clinical lecturer and physician in the general medical department there. From 1948 he was an associate professor of medicine, becoming professor of medicine in 1955. From 1963 he was director and professor of medicine at the College.

He was a former president of the Indian Psychiatric Society. He wrote papers on hysteria in Bengal, headache in the tropics and the impact of malaria treatment on the brain, among other topics.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed mathematics and Bengali literature. As a student he was a member of the University Training Corps and was skilled at rifle shooting.

In 1926 he married Dwigamani Saha, the daughter of a landlord and merchant. She died in 1944 and in 1945 he married Satya Kumar Roy. He had six sons and four daughters.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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