Dr. Vasant Balaji Athavale, M.D. (Paediatrics), D.C.H., F.A.M.S., Vaidyacharya is a renowned paediatrician and an eminent author. He stood first in D.C.H. and in M.D. (Paediatrics). He was the founder of the Paediatric Department of the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Hospital, Sion established in 1959 and was Head of the Department and Professor of Paediatrics of 30 years form 1959-1990. He was the editor of the Paediatric Clinics of India from 1971 to 1990.he was offered Unicef fellowship in 1965 for his paper read at the ‘International Paediatric Conference’ held in Tokyo. He was the chairman of the worship on ‘Herbal Medicines for Health’ held in Bangkok in 1981.
Dr. Athavale holds the highest degree in Ayurveda, ‘Vaidyacharya’. He has written several books on Ayurveda and has practically updated the entire Ayurveda through his books. These books in English and Marathi are written in a lucid language and shall therefore be useful to Ayurvedic physicians as well as the common man. He was awarded the international award for the ‘Best author of Ayurvedic books’ in 1996. He was honored with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the Rashtriya Shikshan Mandal at the international seminar on Ayurveda in 2001.
Dr. Athavale has also written several books for parents which serve as an excellent guide for bringing up children.
Dr. Athavale accords the credit of all his achievements to his parents and teachers.
The second author of this book, Dr. Kamlesh Athavale is the son of Dr. V.B. Athavale. He passed his M.D. (Paediatrics), D.N.B.E. and M.N.A.M.S. with a brilliant academic record. He is a dedicated paediatrician and has completed his fellowship in Neonatology from U.S.A.
He has made significant contributions in writing these books.
According to Ayurveda the liver and the spleen are derived from blood in the foetal life. According to modern medicine, blood is formed by the liver and spleen in early foetal life. This illustrates the close association between blood and the liver since foetal life. Ayurveda refers to only the cells in the blood as blood the plasma the fluid in the blood is included in body fluids.
Ayurveda refers to blood as five thousand years ago, Ayurved mentions that oxygen is carried by blood cells in anaemia when the haemoglobin content in the blood decreases the functions of all the body cells are affected as they do not get adequate oxygen. In India 70% pregnant women and children and 40% adult males duffer from anaemia. This affects their working output and body resistance.
Anaemia is called as panduroga in Ayurveda. The word pandumeans white. In anamia the skin and the mucous membranes called as raktapitta in Ayurveda. The detailed description and treatment of both anaemia and bleeding disorders according to modern medicine as well as Ayurveda are given in this book.
Liver is called yakrut in Ayurveda. Both the words are meaningful. It is said that life depends on the liver. Here the word liver is used with a double meaning that is liver as an anatomical organ of the body and liver which implies one who livers the lifestyle of an individual. The word yakrut is derived from yaha one and krut which literally means does. Thus liver is one which performs important functions of the body.
The book elucidated the functions of the liver and description of jaundice according to modern medicine as well as Ayurveda. In India laymen who are not qualified treatment of jaundice. Patients suffering from jaundice should not take treatment from such people as they are not conversant with the varied causes of jaundice and its complications.
Alcohol is toxic to the liver. Drinking alcohol in excess can give rise to acute alcoholic hepatitis fatty liver alcoholic intoxication and cirrhosis of the liver. Its is difficult to overcome addiction to alcohol as in several cases the fulfils his desire to drink alcohol through the medium of the addict.
The book also describes in detail hepatosplenomegaly cirrhosis of the liver oedema and ascites as per Ayurveda as well modern medicine. The book gives a list of Ayurveda medicines which have proved to be useful in liver disorders by carrying out experiments on animals or clinical trials on patients. The book also gives measures to prevent liver disorders.
This book will prove useful not only to patients with blood and liver disorder but is will also be useful to haematologists gastroenterologists vaidyas doctor medical student and nurses. Every one shall benefit by reading the book in keeping his blood and liver healthy.
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