Official publication of Indian Chest Society
The Story of "LUNG INDIA"
Lung India was launched as the official journal of the Indian Chest Society.
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 year.
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 below:
Name of Physician||
|Dr. C.V.Ramakrishnan||Madras||1986-1990||Executive Editor|
|Dr. S.R.Kamat||Mumbai||1991-1999||Executive Editor|
|Dr. P. Ravindran||Thiruvananthapuran||2001-2004||Editor|
|Dr. S. K. Jindal||Chandigarh||2004-2010||Editor|
|Dr. Virendra singh||Jaipur||2010-onwards||Editor|
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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