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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 27-28

Our Legends: Prof. K.S. Bose

1 Department of Orthopaedics, ESIC Medical College & Hospital Joka, Kolkata, India
2 Department of Orthopaedics, MGM Medical College, India

Date of Web Publication30-Jun-2022

Correspondence Address:
Sanjay Keshkar
Department of Orthopaedics, ESIC Medical College & Hospital, Joka, Kolkata, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/ijors.ijors_3_22

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Keshkar S, Mazumder DK, Mukherjee SK. Our Legends: Prof. K.S. Bose. Int J Orthop Surg 2022;30:27-8

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Keshkar S, Mazumder DK, Mukherjee SK. Our Legends: Prof. K.S. Bose. Int J Orthop Surg [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Nov 26];30:27-8. Available from: https://www.ijos.in/text.asp?2022/30/1/28/348194

History of Indian orthopedics has witnessed some legendary figures who strived against the general surgery empire to liberate orthopedics teaching and training from their clutches and to establish independent orthopedic department. Prof. Kali Shankar Bose (K.S. Bose) was one of them.

He was born on August 24, 1917 in Calcutta (Kolkata). After matriculation from Hindu School and intermediate science (I.Sc.) from Presidency College, he did his MBBS from Medical College Hospital (MCH) Calcutta and M.S. (master of surgery) from Calcutta University. After postdoctoral degree, he was appointed at MCH as junior registrar in the Department of Surgery. While working in the Department of Surgery, his inclination was more toward orthopedics. He was the pioneer to start the orthopedic teaching service and research at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Indian Universities through the Medical Council of India. He was professor and head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, at MCH, Calcutta from1960 to 1975. He was also the professor and head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University College of Medicine (CU), from 1968 to 1980. Dr. Samir Kumar Mukherjee was posted in 1974 as first resident surgeon in separated Orthopaedic Department in MCH, Calcutta, under Prof. K.S. Bose.

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He was one of the founder member of Indian Orthopaedic Association (IOA), Indian Rheumatology Association (IRA), and Indian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (IAPM and R). He was the president of the IOA in the year 1975.[1] Prof. Bose was an expert advisor in many national bodies and universities such as Indian Academy of Medical Sciences, UPSC, ICMR, ISI, ESI, and Academic Council of Calcutta and Banaras Hindu Universities. He started prosthetic and orthotic service and research in Calcutta University through VRA of US Govt. 1969–1974. He had keen interest on teaching “Leprosy surgery” at the School of Tropical Medicine, Calcutta and later on devised and introduced “Decompression of nerves in leprosy.” He was also one of the pioneers to start the Sports Medicine in Calcutta University and Jadavpur University.

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He was emeritus/fellow SICOT, British Orthopaedic Association (BOA), Asiatic Society, and International Society of Social Gerontology (Paris). He was also expert consultant to United Nations in the Department of Social Welfare and Humanitarian Affair 1979–1984. He served on the US President’s Committee on Rehabilitation of Handicapped 1975–1980 and The Holy Pope’s Pontifical Council for the Family 1975–1984. He was visiting professor in Orthopaedic Surgery, Oxford University, 1973. Prof. Bose chaired the section on Health in Asian Regional Conference on Active Ageing, Manila 1982.

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He authored two books on orthopedics and basic mechanics in orthopedic practice. He contributed in the “Advances in orthopaedics” by Arnold, U.K. 1978.

Prof. Bose used to say….

“Read, Teach, Learn- Practice both Conservative and Operative procedures.”

In order to enrich orthopedics, he had inducted many good orthopedic teachers (such as Prof. A. K. Das, Dr. Sailendra Bhattacharjee, Dr. M.S. Ghosh, and Dr. R.N. Mitra) as extramural teachers at Orthotic and Prosthetics Centre (Dr. Basudev Banerjee in charge) of University College of Medicine, Calcutta from 1975 to 1981. This tradition continued as weekend lecture classes over 10 orthopedic centers in Calcutta for many years.[2]

Prof. K.S. Bose passed away on August 3, 2002 after a brief illness after admission at Lansdowne Nursing Home.

“Prof. K.S. Bose Memorial Conference Lecture” (initiated by Dr. Kamal Bose of Singapore and started since 2004 during the Annual Conference of West Bengal Orthopaedic Association) is a tribute from WBOA.

He will be remembered for ages to come.

Contributions of authors

1. Prof. (Dr.) Sanjay Keshkar: He prepared the manuscript by compiling the information gathered by personal communication with co-authors of this article. He also included the information available in different websites.

2. Prof. (Dr.) Dilip Mazumder: He gave inputs (by personal communication) about Prof. K.S. Bose, as he worked under him as his P.G. Student at University College of Medicine, College Street, Kolkata. He edited the entire manuscript for final submission.

3. Dr. Samir Kumar Mukherjee: He gave inputs (by personal communication) about Prof. K.S. Bose, as he worked with him for long time and shared information from his prestigious “The K.S. Bose memorial Lecture, WBOACON-2019” and also from Achieves of Medical College Hospital, and Departmental records.

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Available from: https://www.ioaindia.org/. [Last accessed on 2022 Mar 4].  Back to cited text no. 1
Available from: https://wboa.in/home/about_us. [Last accessed on 2022 Mar 4].  Back to cited text no. 2


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