Biography Book Launch - Healer: Dr. Prathap Chandra Reddy and the Transformation of India
Biography of Dr. Pratha P C. Reddy - "Healer: Dr. Prathap Chandra Reddy and the Transformation of India" formally launched!
Hyderabad, January 15, 2014: The 600-page biography of Dr. Prathap C. Reddy - "Healer: Dr. Prathap Chandra Reddy and the Transformation of India" was formally released at Apollo Health City, on Wednesday. The biography has been brought out by Penguin, the world's largest publisher and authored by Pranay Gupte, the veteran international journalist, biographer and historian. The book was two years in the making, and its publication comes on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the founding of Apollo Hospitals.
According to Dr. Reddy "The late Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi believed that the status of the society's health reflects on its productivity. Not just Apollo Hospitals, but the entire corporate health sector has been the beneficiary of their foresight, and the strong belief that healthcare is a vital component of sustainable economic development in emerging countries such as India.
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, says author" Gupta, noting that his research showed that Apollo has served more than 37 million people through its 54 facilities in the last 30 years. The launch of the book will take place in other cities too, including New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, London and New York, over the next few weeks. The biography is now available at bookstores and airports across India. Excerpts from the biography have started appearing in a number of Indian and foreign publications.