The Story of "LUNG INDIA"
Lung India was launched as the official journal of the Indian Chest
On the 7th of February 1982 the Governing Council of the Society met
and decided that the Journal could be published from Madras. The
task of editing and publishing the Journal was entrusted to Dr. C.V.
Ramakrishnan of Madras. He was later given a modest sum of Rs.
4000/- and was asked to bring out the Journal before that year's
conference scheduled for September 1982.
On the 9th of June 1982, the Journal office started functioning in a
room of Dr. Ramakrishnan's house in Madras with a borrowed
typewriter and a part time typist on a monthly salary of Rs. 300/-.
On 15th June 1982 the name "Lung India" was coined for the Journal
and its logo was designed.The BNK press, Vadapalani, Madras- 600026
was chosen as printers.
On the 18th July 1982, Dr. C.V. Ramakrishnan as editor and publisher
of the Journal along with Mr. B.K.Nayak, manager of BNK press
appeared before the chief Presidency Magistrate, Madras and obtained
legal permission for registration & publication of the journal from
Madras. The process of collecting articles, getting them reviewed,
correcting and editing, and final printing of the Journal went
through in stages and the journal was ready by August 15th of that
On 21st August 1982 vol. 1 (no. 1) the first issue of "Lung India"
was released at a formal function held at the Madras Medical College
conference hall by Dr. H.V.Hande, the then Health Minister of Tamil
Nadu. The publication of the first issue coincided with the
centenary year of the discovery of tubercle bacilli and the Journal
was dedicated to the memory of that great medical scientist Robert
Koch. Dr. S.R.Kamat the then secretary of the Indian Chest Society
specially came from Mumbai to participate and give the inaugural
speech at the journal release function. From that eventful day "Lung
India" has carried on its regular publication for nearly 18 years.
it has a wide circulation and readership.
The mantle of editorship over these years had fallen on the
shoulders of committed medical men. The names of successive editors
and the periods they served the Journal and the Society are listed
|Name of Physician
|Dr. P. Ravindran
|Dr. S. K. Jindal
|Dr. Virendra singh
The starting and publication of the Journal has been a gigantic
task. It is not only a boon to respiratory specialists and post
graduates in the country, but also a tower of strength for keeping
the Indian Chest Society flag flying high.
It needs to be strengthened with adequate and further inputs to
bring out future issues of the Journal without any breaks. "Lung
India" which is the symbol of the Indian Chest Society should keep
up its high standards.
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