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The Living Legend of Homoeopathy: Dr. Diwan Harish Chand

Dr. Nidhi Luthra

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I went to England in 1946 October. I was in a dilemma on whether to join or not for the examinations were just two months apart. But one of my teachers over there said that you must take the examination. So, for two months I studied very hard and cleared the examination.

The subjects on anatomy and physiology are not taught thoroughly in the homoeopathic colleges of India. Do you think this effects the capabilities of a homoeopath?
Yes, it does. Read Kent’s philosophy, it is written there that a homoeopath must possess a thorough knowledge of the human body. Today, even the patients know the normal blood values, the normal cholesterol etc. and if in front of the patient the doctor does not know, how embarrassing it can be. So, I feel that these subjects should be taught properly. Though we do not work on the basis of diagnosis but still one should be able to diagnose. I shall tell you of an instance when a patient came to me and asked me to diagnose his case. He said that I do not want homoeopathic treatment but I just want you to diagnose my case. Such was my knowledge on the subject of medicine. And this knowledge on these subjects is one of the reasons that have contributed to my success.

You have been very closely associated with the educational systems of India, especially Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College. Do you think that these homoeopathic institutions are upto the mark?
I have been associated with Nehru College since the time the first brick was laid down. Lal Bahadur Shastri laid the foundation stone in my presence. College was made but there was no hospital.

“Medicine is not taught in the classroom, medicine is taught at the bedside”. Where is the bedside? I had many arguments with the college authorities on the matter and the authorities finally got it approved. I was the member of the board of Nehru College for the longest period of time, right from its inception till 1986. I tried to do a lot for the upliftment of the college. The process of getting the college affiliated to the Delhi University started during my time.

When I was a member of the Advisory Committee, we got a resolution passed that in future no homoeopathic institution should be given recognition and registration by the board unless the institution first sets up a hospital and then attaches the college to the hospital, not that the college is made and the hospital is attached to it.

A lot needs to be done, still to improve the status of education in homoeopathy.

Once I had gone to Bihar for a tour through CCH to visit all the colleges. We met many homoeopaths over there, principals of many colleges. You will be amazed to know that many colleges over there were in name only. Someone, over there asked me that of which college was I the principal. So, I gave him an answer that,

“I am not the Principal of any college, I am a man of principles.”

Because I realised that what they were all doing was rubbish.

There was an Editor of some journal in Mumbai, he had made many medicines and was a popular man. So, one of these homoeopaths of Bihar said that that person is my student. So I said that he stays in Bombay, so how can he be your student? He replied, ‘as a special case, I have made him my private student’. Such is the status of many institutions of India.

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