Rustom Jal Vakil and the saga of Rauwolfia serpentina

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Dr Rustom Jal Vakil was India's pioneer in cardiology. He introduced the discipline of cardiology in his country. His mixture of clinical acumen, research and writing has survived him. Through his work with an ancient Indian folk remedy, Rauwolfia serpentina, he ushered in the modern era of effective pharmacotherapy of hypertension. His work was particularly significant since it galvanized other workers into finding more effective agents for the treatment of hypertension. He is remembered fondly by his acquaintances as an unassuming man in whom a multitude of choicest qualities blended seamlessly with each other.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-200
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of medical biography
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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