|Year : 1964 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 32-33
Obituary- Dr. E. V. Srinivasan (1883-1963)
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. Obituary- Dr. E. V. Srinivasan (1883-1963). Indian J Ophthalmol 1964;12:32-3
Dr. E. V. Srinivasan was born on 15th October 1883 of a respectable family. Taking the M.B.C.M. of the Madras University in 1909, he served for a brief period as Assistant Surgeon in the Government Hospital for women and children, Madras before he set up practice in Ophthalmology, to become one of the pioneer specialists of that era.
Starting in a moderate way in George Town, Madras, his clinics developed in three centres to cope with increasing popularity due to his tireless and indefatigable work. He served in the Government Royapettah Hospital for a long period, as its first Honorary Surgeon in the speciality. Quite a few of the notable ophthalmologists of the South had their training with him. To his credit are a number of interesting contributions to both Indian and British Journals.
Dr. Srinivasan had a wonderful memory and was full of vigour and energy to the last day. A surgeon of varied and long experience, he was a voracious reader and his discussion at the time of the conference was always lively.
He presided over the session of the All-India Ophthalmological Society at Hyderabad. His lecture on Cataract as the subject of the Adenwalla oration is still memorable. His was a notable figure in the International conference at Cairo, London, New York, Montreal and Brussels.
At the last International at Delhi, the All-India Ophthalmological Society gave him the unique honour of presenting the Society's gold medal for meritorious services. The Madras Ophthalmological Association owes its beginning to him.
His colourful turban had become a symbol of his genial and merry disposition, unassuming and unaffecting nature and was a distinctive feature of the presence of this great gentleman of Indian ophthalmology at every scientific meeting, which he never failed to attend irrespective of distance or weather.
A University endowment from him provides for a gold medal for proficiency in Ophthalmology awarded yearly by the Madras Medical College in the name of his daughter, 'RUKMANI'.
Through another donation the All India Ophthalmological Society has been able to award a silver medal that goes in his name, for the best paper during the annual Conference.
This doyen of Indian ophthalmology may be said to have died in his boots, having just finished a coagulation-diathermy for detachment of retina on September 13th, 1963 in the eightyeth year of his life.
He leaves behind him, besides his aged wife, two sons and a daughter and a large circle of friends closely associated with him, who will always miss his genial presence.
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