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Prof. N.N. Wig : Pioneer, Conscientious Researcher, and a Multi-faceted Personality.

- Mens Sana Monogr (2005)

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When, like any keen to please new junior resident, I asked him as to which books should I read as a new comer in Psychiatry, he said, “You have a long residency;” (it used to be four years in PGI at that time), “during the first year, read other things. ” When I asked, “What other things?” he said, “Anything but Psychiatry. ” It was only later that I could gauge the depth of that advice about the extreme importance of “other things” in the practice of psychiatry, and that I was being told to absorb those “other things” when I had a fresh mind before I plunged into the main stream of psychiatry... Early seventies were heady days for Indian Psychiatry and for the general hospital psychiatry movement, which I am convinced has been the only true revolution in Indian Psychiatry to have happened so far. (Others were just matters of quantitative growth... Prof Wig was one of the few pioneers of the general hospital psychiatry movement in the country at that time... I gave the standard answers but he wanted more and rarer causes and even gave me a hint about the King of England who was called mad... It did not occur to me till Prof Wig said, “It is the same rare diagnosis that you yourself made on a real patient six months back”... And the penny dropped! He would sometimes get angry with us, but it was very subtle and would have a long lasting effect... I remember once, Salman Akhtar (brother of lyricist Javed Akhtar, and now a famous psychoanalyst in ) who was one year senior to me, came to the wards wearing a flowery shirt of mauve and purple colour... One of the Indian Psychiatry Society, North Zone's, Conferences was once held in Solan and a visit was arranged to the famous brewery there... Students in the department were frequently invited to their home and she has been looked upon by generations of residents as a mother figure... Prof... Wig's students are spread out throughout the world today but they keep in touch with him out of deep affection and gratitude, and probably also to continue this process of nurturing by him for as long as possible... May God grant him a long life... He has recently joined the Honorary International Advisory Board of Mens Sana Monographs... We most heartily welcome him on the Board and thank him for his engaging write-up on his teacher.

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Prof. N.N. Wig : Pioneer, Conscientious Researcher, and a Multi-faceted Personality.

- Mens Sana Monogr (2005)

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When, like any keen to please new junior resident, I asked him as to which books should I read as a new comer in Psychiatry, he said, “You have a long residency;” (it used to be four years in PGI at that time), “during the first year, read other things. ” When I asked, “What other things?” he said, “Anything but Psychiatry. ” It was only later that I could gauge the depth of that advice about the extreme importance of “other things” in the practice of psychiatry, and that I was being told to absorb those “other things” when I had a fresh mind before I plunged into the main stream of psychiatry... Early seventies were heady days for Indian Psychiatry and for the general hospital psychiatry movement, which I am convinced has been the only true revolution in Indian Psychiatry to have happened so far. (Others were just matters of quantitative growth... Prof Wig was one of the few pioneers of the general hospital psychiatry movement in the country at that time... I gave the standard answers but he wanted more and rarer causes and even gave me a hint about the King of England who was called mad... It did not occur to me till Prof Wig said, “It is the same rare diagnosis that you yourself made on a real patient six months back”... And the penny dropped! He would sometimes get angry with us, but it was very subtle and would have a long lasting effect... I remember once, Salman Akhtar (brother of lyricist Javed Akhtar, and now a famous psychoanalyst in ) who was one year senior to me, came to the wards wearing a flowery shirt of mauve and purple colour... One of the Indian Psychiatry Society, North Zone's, Conferences was once held in Solan and a visit was arranged to the famous brewery there... Students in the department were frequently invited to their home and she has been looked upon by generations of residents as a mother figure... Prof... Wig's students are spread out throughout the world today but they keep in touch with him out of deep affection and gratitude, and probably also to continue this process of nurturing by him for as long as possible... May God grant him a long life... He has recently joined the Honorary International Advisory Board of Mens Sana Monographs... We most heartily welcome him on the Board and thank him for his engaging write-up on his teacher.

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