Through data acquired over the last 25 years, Dr. Ravindra D Bapat spoke at length on the need to look for alternatives in the Ayurvedic system of medicine at the annual Sri. V. Venugopal Endowment lecture at Sankara Nethralaya on February 6, 2010. While the modern scientific medicine continues to appeal to the scientific enquiring mind, because it explains the cause and effect relationship and proposes treatment, Dr. Bapat said that there were still a number of grey areas which were still not properly understood.
His talk on “Lacunae in Modern Medicine, why shun Ayurved!,” also touched upon the future challenges that modern scientific medicine is likely to face, including side effects of drugs, antibiotic resistance, use of biotechnology, cost intensive health care, effect of industrialization etc.
Dr. Bapat is at present the Vice-Chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi Mission University of Health Sciences. He is also Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Seth G. S. Medical College and K. E. M. Hospital, Parel, Mumbai.
A recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Bapat has also authored many books.
The Sri. V Venugopal Endowment lecture was instituted by his son (late) Sri. V Mohan Rao, former President Medical Research Foundation, and his family with the laudable intention of disseminating preventive, curative and research-based data on health and healthcare to public at large.