‘The curious adventures of a doctor from Jaffna’ launch on Dec 7


Dr.K. Puvanendran will launch, The curious adventures of a doctor from Jaffna, at the BCIS auditorium (BMICH premises) on Dec 7, at 5.00 pm.

From a childhood spent playing marbles and climbing trees in Sri Lanka to a medical career in bustling Singapore, Dr K. Puvanendran’s experiences have been rich and varied. A leading neurologist, he counts kings and presidents among his former patients. This charmingly written autobiography traces the trajectory of his life against the changing landscapes of two vastly different countries.

As a boy in Jaffna, Dr Puvanendran found imaginative ways to fill his time. He recounts with great relish the carefree pranks, adventures and school experiences. Woven into the evocation of these simple pleasures are also sobering glimpses of the darker periods in Ceylon’s history.

After attending medical college in Colombo, Dr. Puvanendran stayed in Sri Lanka to work before accepting a position at Outram Road General Hospital, now Singapore General Hospital, in 1971. As the narrative unfolds, we read about the roots of his interest in neurology, the highs and lows of his career, the doctors who inspired him and the most memorable medical cases from his fifty years of practice. Some of these intriguing cases include sleep-related crimes, for which he has testified in court as a local pioneer in sleep medicine. 

Dr Puvanendran’s story takes us through the old world of Ceylon and into the heady post-independence days of Majulah Singapura ("Onward Singapore", as the national anthem proclaims), offering along the way a successful doctor’s take on the study and practice of medicine. The Foreword is by former President of Singapore, S. R. Nathan.

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