Indian-American Surgeon Penned One of The Most Remarkable Books in Medical History

May 31 05:30 2022

Dinker Belle Rai, one of the leading surgeons in Brooklyn, New York, penned a remarkable book that will surely go down in history as one of the best books in medical history. Born on April 28, 1947, in Puttur, Karnataka, India, Dr. Rai always dreamed big. He obtained his initial education from Bangalore Medical College and then interned at Victoria Hospital as a rotating resident. He immigrated to America in 1973, and he stated that his reason for his immigration was is  ambition and a dream to pursue surgery in the most advanced country of the world and a hostile environment of Indian politics at that time. Whereas here in the USA, he felt that the country welcomed him with open arms.

“The arrival date is firmly imprinted in the mind of many a grateful immigrant to this great country, to be told and retold on countless occasions.  Mine is July 15th 1973. Most who came with that wave had their dreams fulfilled, many would say, beyond their wildest dreams. The material conveniences of a modern society were easy to see, but something more fundamental realized over time was unique. You were being valued for what you are, not who you are. Almost everywhere else on this globe, ‘connections’ of family or those of political, religious, or ethnic nature are the tickets (often fortified with bribes) to advancement. Not in this fair land, an astonishing outlier.” – Dinker Belle Rai in his book “Mechanical Function of Atrial Diastole-A New Discovery”

Dinker’s career as a medical professional grew tremendously in the States, and shortly after, his successors were able to recognize the talent that he had, and that helped Dr. Rai grow in his career and become the Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief, Department of Vascular Surgery at the Interfaith Hospital. Today, he is also a visiting Clinical Professor at the State University of New York’s Health and Science Center in Brooklyn and a visiting professor at Rajiv Gandhi University in Bangalore, India.

So the question is, how did a surgeon who has so much to do end up writing a book, and from where did the inspiration arise? Well, here is your answer.

The author has described how it all started with an unintentional finding and how he stumbled onto the heart area while working on a jigsaw puzzle. There were no dramatic disclosures that came out of nowhere. It took a long time to complete. The initial data collection was done in snippets, and putting them together and interpreting them took a long time. The author says that while doing a venogram on a patient in the erect position, the table unexpectedly froze while the fluoroscopy was still running. Dr. Rai noted the venous valves in the femoral vein indicated by contrast were opening and shutting rhythmically while struggling to keep hold of the patient to prevent a fall. There has never been a description of such motion previously. And thus begin the search for the explanation of the motion of venous valves.

His biography, medical history, and findings on atrial diastole motion are all included in this book.

Dr. Rai’s results and findings were as follows:

1. Atrial diastole is an active phenomenon and functions as a suction.

2. The machine of the human heart. It keeps the blood in motion in the systemic and pulmonary venous systems. Peripheral muscle contraction, famously labeled as the peripheral heart of the human body and respiration supplement as adjunctive forces.

3. The venous flow of the blood is pulsatile as it relates to atrial diastole. It is subtle and very well noted in the central veins surrounding the atrial chambers.

4. Venous valves open and close during each cardiac cycle, and it is secondary to atrial diastole.

5. The function of the atrium is to keep blood in motion in the venous system at an optimal velocity, and it is important to the maintenance of the “milieu interior” of the body like other parameters of the human body. The cardiac muscles contract and stretch. Both are active phenomena with physical, chemical, and electrical changes occurring in each state.

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