Darbhanga: An eminent physician and former Prof and HoD, Medicine, Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Mohan Mishra has been selected for Padma Shri award. Dr Mishra, a resident of Bengali Tola in Laheriasarai, belongs to Koilakh in Madhubani district.
Mishra started his career as the resident medical officer in DMCH in 1962 and became professor in the DMCH medicine department in 1979 and head of the department in 1986. He took voluntary retirement in 1995. Mishra did his MRCP from the UK in 1970 and FRCP from Edinburg in 1984 and another FRCP from London in 1988.
Born on May 19, 1937, Mishra did research in kala-azar and some of his works were funded by the WHO. His pioneering report on the use of Amphotericin B (Fungizone) medicine was published in the Lancet in 1991. Amphotericin B is now the foremost drug for the treatment of kala-azar – azar. He was also an expert member of UPSC. About his work on arsenic and drinking water, Mishra said he along with his son Narottam Mishra, information scientist in KSDSU, worked on ways to get rid of arsenic in drinking water. He wrote ‘A textbook of clinical medicine’ published by the Oxford University Press.
Later, Mishra wrote several books on history, like ‘An unfinished story: A history of the Indian freedom movement’, ‘Building an empire – Chanakya revisited’, ‘Mangal Pandey to Lakshmibai: A story of the Indian Mutiny 1857’ and ‘India through the Alien eyes’ which was published by Balboa Press, USA, in 2012. It got ‘The Wishing Self’ award in the UK in the adult non-fiction category. Mishra, nowadays, holds free medical camps in remote villages in Darbhanga and Madhubani districts.