The 600-page biography, ""Healer: Dr. Prathap Chandra Reddy and the Transformation of India,"" is authored by Pranay Gupte, veteran international journalist, biographer and historian and published by Penguin, the world's largest publisher. The book was two years in the making, and its publication comes on the occasion of Dr. Reddy's 80th birthday, and the 30th anniversary of the founding of Apollo Hospitals.
In presenting the book to Governor Narayanan, Dr. Reddy - Founder and Chairman of Apollo Hospitals - noted that Mr. Narayanan has been actively associated with encouraging the growth of West Bengal's healthcare sector.
"Shri Narayan recognized the urgent need to transform healthcare in our country," Dr. Reddy said.
""The Governor has taken a very keen interest in healthcare development and new technology introduced in Kolkata,"" Dr. Reddy said. ""Our two very important cutting edge technology has launched by him at Apollo Gleneagles, Kolkata namely Novalis Tx during the inauguration of our Cancer Hospital and the recently introduced Advanced PET CT.""
The biography traces Dr. Reddy's improbable journey from Aragonda to medical school in Madras to a flourishing cardiology practice in the United States. At the age of 50, Dr Reddy returned to India at the behest of his father in order to make a contribution to his homeland. Recognizing that healthcare in India was delivered mainly by government hospitals and philanthropic institutions that lacked proper facilities, Dr. Reddy set out to establish Apollo Hospitals, a pioneer in the corporate sector. By bringing world-class equipment and best practices, and by persuading Indian doctors living abroad to come home again, Dr. Reddy succeeded in creating what has now become Asia's foremost medical system. Apollo holds world records in heart, lung, kidney and other organ surgeries and transplants.
"Dr. Reddy transformed the healthcare landscape of India," author Gupte says, noting that his research showed that Apollo has served more than 37 million people through its 54 facilities in the last 30 years.
The biography is now available at bookstores and airports across India.