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A Cut Above

The Remarkable Life of Dr. S.K. Sen,

Surgeon Extraordinaire, 1910- 1979


by Ela Anand & Ketaki Sood

The book is available with:-


Ms Ketaki Sood:    91-9810026517


Price:    Rs. 395/-




1947.  Independence.  Partition. Riots. Death & destruction.  Santosh Kumar Sen found himself in the midst of it all as the Civil Surgeon & Medical Superintendent of the only civil hospital in Delhi, The Irwin Hospital.  Ill equipped and under-staffed for such a situation, Dr. Sen went about organising rescue & relief operations with the help of Lady Mountbatten, the then Vicerine.


Dr. Sen’s contribution to the medical history of Delhi is immeasurable.  He reorganized and expanded the Irwin Hospital which became the premier hospital in Delhi.


He then went about the task of persuading the authorities to set up a medical college, and thus was founded the Maulana Azad Medical College.  He also set up a private nursing home, along with his wife, Dr. Sita Sen, the likes of which had not been seen in Delhi before.  A brilliant surgeon known for his swiftness, boldness, excellent diagnostic skills and unorthodox methods, he also contributed greatly to the teaching of surgery.  Deeply involved in academics, he wrote more than fifty papers based on his clinical work, which brought him international recognition.  But most of all, he was a larger than life figure.  His generosity was legion, bordering on recklessness.  He treated many patients free of charge and helped many people financially and with work opportunities.  There was no one too small or low for him.


Full of fun and mischief, he had a keen mind and interests as varied as literature, music, football, riding and education.


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About the authors:


Dr. Ela Anand, the eldest child of Dr. S. K. Sen was born in Delhi.  She obtained her MRCOG from London in 1967.  She and her husband, the late Dr. A.K. Anand, himself a brilliant surgeon, set up in 1980 the Arpana Hospital in Madhuban, near Karnal, Haryana.

In May 1993, Ela received the Sasakawa Health Prize from WHO for innovations in rural health.  In 1997 she became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

In 1975 Ela published a best selling book,

 ‘All About Pregnancy’

Ela is now the Director of Medical Services of Arpana Trust and the Medical Superintendent of the Arpana Hospital.


Ketaki Sood is the younger daughter of Dr. S.K. Sen.  After an MA in History she went on to London to study Interior Design at the Northern Polytechnic.

On returning to Delhi, she set up her own practice under the name of Rupayan in 1968.  Ketaki has been active on the management boards of a number of schools, chiefly the Modern School in New Delhi since 1975.  She has been a member of several other organizations in various fields like women’s issues, social problems, crafts and dance






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