The First Cadaveric Dissection in India Calcutta Medical College circa - 10th January, 1836

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Soumit Dasgupta FRCS FRCP


Historical Perspective

The first cadaver dissection in India in the 19th century after millennia of social prejudices took place in the recently established Calcutta Medical College in 1835, the first medical college in Asia imparting western medical education to British, Anglo Indians and Indians in the empire.  The first scientific approach to medical sciences commenced following this landmark event and set the trend for future liberal attitudes in society and contributed to the Bengal Renaissance of the 19th century. This is a fictional account of the day when it happened. Only the characters and the fact that the dissection occurred are real.

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Dasgupta, S. (2021). The First Cadaveric Dissection in India: Calcutta Medical College circa - 10th January, 1836 . Sushruta Journal of Health Policy & Opinion, 14(1), 1-4.
Author Biography

Soumit Dasgupta FRCS FRCP, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, UK

Professor of Audiovestibular Medicine, University of Siena &

Consultant Audiovestibular Physician/ Neurotologist


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