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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 247-248

My Dreams Coming True

Founder Member, Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology, India

Date of Web Publication15-Feb-2018

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BK Venkataraman
15/1, 4th Cross, Lakshmi Road, Shanthi Nagar, Bangalore - 560 027, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/jiaomr.jiaomr_130_17

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Venkataraman B. My Dreams Coming True. J Indian Acad Oral Med Radiol 2017;29:247-8

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Venkataraman B. My Dreams Coming True. J Indian Acad Oral Med Radiol [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 May 27];29:247-8. Available from: https://www.jiaomr.in/text.asp?2017/29/4/247/225467

Dear Readers of the Journal of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology,

When the editor-in-chief, Professor Dr. Vinay Kumar Reddy asked me to write a guest editorial, I was very much elated. Elated, because I got an opportunity to tell the younger generation of students, teachers, and practitioners of oral medicine, diagnosis, and radiology, the historical background of the journal. The journal reflects the growth of oral medicine in India. Without the subject oral medicine and radiology, the journal has no place of significance. Hence, a short note on oral medicine in India is as follows.

The subject of oral medicine as a speciality in the BDS syllabus and curriculum was started at the Bangalore Government Dental College in 1967 in the second semester of III BDS. The students of this batch successfully completed the first semester of IV BDS with the university examination in oral medicine, diagnosis, and radiology. In 1972, the World Health Organisation (WHO) gifted an orthopantomogram X-ray unit to the Government Dental College, Bangalore, the first of its kind in India.

In 1968, I saw the first case of oral submucous fibrosis in a young woman of 23 years of age who was addicted to areca nut. Restricted mouth opening due to this was very severe with a mouth opening of 1 cm. Professor Joseph Echeler, a visiting WHO professor from West Germany and I tried to increase the mouth opening surgically. We removed many thick bands of collagen and resorted to forceful mouth opening. The patient was attended every day for about 3 months during which period the mouth opening gradually reduced, suggesting new formation of submucous collagen bundles. After 3 months, the patient stopped coming to the hospital. In 1969, I introduced submucosal injection of hydrocortisone sodium succinate for oral submucous fibrosis. The drug used to come in a powder form which had to be converted into a solution before injection. The solution lasted for administration of 4 submucosal injections given once a week. This required refrigeration of the solution till it was used up. It is possible that prolonged refrigeration might have reduced the potency of the drug. So, the following year, I changed over to hydrocortisone acetate with the acetate crystals suspended in a liquid medium at a concentration of 25 mg/ml. A bottle of this drug was available in 10 ml volume and did not require refrigeration, and since the drug was in the crystalline form, it acted more as a depot slowly releasing the corticosteroid; hence, with long duration of action and increasing the interval between 2 injections from 1 week to 3 weeks, the patient's visits to the hospital reduced, becoming once in 3 weeks. To enhance the local action of corticosteroid the patients were advised to gently massage the affected parts of the oral mucosa with triamcinolone acetamide eye ointment in orabase twice a day after meals in a clean and dry mouth.

In 1968, a necessity of qualified teachers in the subject was felt and Government Dental College instituted the MDS course in the subject with the blessings of the Dental Council of India (DCI) and approval of the Bangalore University. In 1959, Bombay University started MDS program in various dental subjects, one of which was oral and dental radiology. In 1983, two MDS graduates, namely, Dr. K. S. Nagesh and Dr. C. V. Mohan, founded the Journal of Oral Medicine and Diagnosis for the benefit of undergraduate and postgraduate students and other practitioners of the subject which was to serve as a link between the clinicians and research workers in the subject. In 1986, radiology as a major part of the specialty was amalgamated with oral medicine. And the result was the journal of the academy became the Journal of Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology.

The academy has been conducting annual conferences where the office bearers of the academy are elected, one of them being the editor-in-chief of the journal. Indeed, it is fortunate that Professor Dr. Vinay Kumar Reddy, his predecessor, Professor Dr. Sri Krishna and their editorial team are very dynamic and have been able to revive the printed (hard) copy of the journal to members of the academy. The credit for revival of the free distribution of printed journal goes completely to the office bearers of the academy, particularly Dr. Gnanasundaram, honourable president (2017), editor-in-chiefs from 2014 to 2017, Dr. Vinay Kumar Reddy and Dr. Sri Krishna, and their entire editorial team. I thank them wholeheartedly and also wish to thank Wolters Kluwer for excellent publication of three issues of the journal so far this year.

BK Venkataraman

Founder Member, Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology

The editor-in-chief's comment

Dr. B. K. Venkataraman, MBBS, BDS, MS, FDS is the founder of oral medicine in India. He was principal of Government Dental College, Bangalore. He was the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Bangalore University and the President of DCI. He has served both medical and dental education, first as a lecturer in ophthalmology, Mysore Medical College and later as the Dean of Medical Faculty, Bangalore University. As the president of DCI, he encouraged both undergraduate and postgraduate dental education. His continued interest in the growth and progress of oral medicine and radiology has been immense.

At 94 years of age, Dr. B. K. Venkataraman, though physically infirm is mentally active. He is the editor-in-chief of a book on oral medicine, Diagnostic Oral Medicine, which has been found very useful by the undergraduate and postgraduate students of oral medicine and is also a book of reference for clinicians. He is now busy as the chief editor of the second edition of the book, Diagnostic Oral Medicine, which he says will provide more basic knowledge of orofacial diseases, and recent advances in their diagnosis and management. I wish him good health and many more years of life to serve the speciality of oral medicine and radiology.


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