Rustom Jal Vakil

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Rustom Jal Vakil (17 July 1911 - 20 November 1974) was a renowned cardiologist from India who was awarded Padma Bhushan for his contribution . He was born in Mumbai in 1911 and had his medical education in London.[1] He was one of the first to pioneer use of reserpine to control hypertension. Reserpine is derived from Indian Snakeroot, Rauwolfia serpentina, known in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh as Pagal-ki-dawa (‘‘medicine for the insane’’).[2] Reserpine was later explored as a treatment for schizophrenia.[2]

Books authored[edit]

  • Clinical Diagnosis,
  • Textbook of Medicine,
  • The romance of healing and other essays,
  • Heart in Health and Disease.

Awards received[edit]


  1. ^ "History of Medicine" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Mechanisms of neurotransmitter release by amphetamines : A Review" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-13.