Dr. M. K. Mani is one of the pioneers in nephrology, the study of diseases of the kidney, and has been instrumental in establishing it on a firm footing in this country, working both in his home town of Madras ( now chennai) and for several years, in Bombay ( now mumbai ). His endeavours have been recognised by the award of the Padma Bhushan, the John H. Dirks award of the International Society of Nephrology, the Rabindranath Tagore oration award of the Indian College of Physicians, the Lifetime Achievement award, the Fellowships of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, the Indian College of Physicians, the Indian Society of Nephrology, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Tamil Nadu Academy of Medical Sciences and the Madras Medical College, and the D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) of the NTR University of Health Sciences and of the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University.
As a student, M.K. Mani combined a creditable academic record with an interest in acting and debate, for which he won college colours form the Madras Medical College, and the first rank in the Inter Collegiate Debate of the University of Madras. He was for some years a cricket commentator for All India Radio. He has a passion for teaching, and is much in demand as a speaker at Medical Colleges, Universities and Medical Associations in India and overseas.
Besides the practice and the teaching of nephrology, Dr. Mani is known for his strong views about medical education, ethics and the doctor-patient relationship, often not conforming to patterns prevalent in the medical community. That is what this book, and his autobiography, Yamaraja’s Brother, are all about.