|Year : 1979 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 193
Dean, Seth G. S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital, Parel, Bombay-400 012., India
C K Deshpande
Dean, Seth G. S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital, Parel, Bombay-400 012.
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Deshpande C K. Foreword. J Postgrad Med 1979;25:193
Cardiology as a branch of medical science has developed by leaps and bounds. Diagnostic methods have made precise evaluation and diagnosis possible. Surgical procedures have made a tremedous progress. It is now possible to perform certain operations which only twenty years ago were in the realm of science fiction.
The development was made possible by intense investigation of the problems of diseases of heart and blood vessels which take such a heavy toll of life in the young and the middle aged. Cardiac catheterization has long equipped the clinician with a unique method of investigation. However, non-invasive methods came to be employed with increased sophistication, as they did not cause trauma to the patient. Research in ultrasonics was basically a military research connected with the sonar in submarine warfare. The development of non-invasive methods for the study of heart was so rapid and breath taking that a distinct body of knowledge came to be recognised as Echocardiography.
The Cardiology Department of the K.E.M. Hospital may not have been the very first but it certainly did put in a great effort in echocardiography for the last 5 years, and the enthusiasm and devotion of the team led by Dr. Vengsarkar and his colleagues has paid rich dividends. This work represents analysis of a collected series of cases and is expected to make a significant contribution to the new branch of Cardiology. As years go on, the echoes of this work will be heard, and they will be distinct and clear.
My congratulations to Dr. Vengsarkar and his colleagues whose elaborate and sustained efforts have made this a worthy academic exercise