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Anand Sur was a pioneering paediatrician in India, founding the department of paediatrics at the Government Medical College in Nagpur. He made paediatrics a separate subject to be studied at final MB BS level for the first time in India.
He was the youngest son of Rai Saheb Rajendranath Sur, a civil engineer responsible for the Mahanadi dam project. A man of great charm and erudition, Anand touched many lives with his expert knowledge and humanitarian principles. He grew up in Chattisgarh, where he was one of the best students of his year, and at medical college won the gold medal for being first in his BM BS exams. He was an accomplished linguist with a command of English, Hindi, Bengali, and Marathi. He could also converse in Chattisgarhi and Sanskrit, and was a great orator.
Anand worked for some time in the United Kingdom and trained at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. After passing MRCP and DCH exams he became the youngest and first to gain the FRCP Ed in central India.
His theory of the cause, and management of Indian childhood cirrhosis was published in the BMJ, and he also published work on childhood asthma and made many other original contributions to British medicine.
He formerly held a fellowship from the WHO and was a fellow of the Association of Commonwealth Universities in London. He was awarded the degree of FICMCH, India, and was regional adviser for Western India to the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh until his death.
He leaves a wife, Sobita; a son, Abhishek; and a daughter, Poorvaali, who is training as a doctor in the Unite Kingdom.
Reminiscences and condolences can be sent to Dr P Sur at 30 Belleville Road, London SW11 6QT.
Professor of child health and consultant paediatrician Nagpur, India (b 17 October 1929; q Nagpur 1952; DCH, FRCP Ed, FICMH), d 26 July 2007.