1969 was a great year to be back, especially at Georgetown Hospital. A large number of elderly people were in charge of professional medical affairs. Enid Denbow and Harold Hamilton in medicine, five fully trained and certified surgeons in the UK, and Dr Balwant Singh in the laboratory. A few young Turks joined the service – David Latchmansingh, Benji Kunar, Anirud Misir, Basdeo Nath, later joined by Dr. Balwant Singh’s brother, and Roger Zitman, both destined for pathology in the United States. And Ramsundar Doobay.
Unfortunately, the 1970s were terrible for medical services, due to the country’s economic downturn. Many doctors have emigrated. Doobay stayed. Later, he was to travel to Newcastle, UK, a prominent medical centre. Doobs reveled in knowledge and exposure to the developed world and fell in love with kidney medicine, which he added to his love of cardiology. He returned to Guyana with the mandatory alphabet added after his name. His entry into medicine happened by chance. His first love was math, but his father insisted on medicine, so he joined his cousin, already a popular student at Mona.
He courted the lovely Monica, but being Doobs, she was unaware. I was consigned to ask his uncle for his hand. He was a colleague at the Georgetown Hospital, but more importantly, he loved my father’s Hindu temple. Doobs didn’t wait. He did the register trick, rather than the traditional bamboo serve. He remained Dr. Doobay for Monica all these years, before his senseless and cruel demise. Doobs was deeply and permanently scarred, but remained strong and fit, in keeping with the old QC anthem – Mens sana in corporae sano. Doobs was a respected and essential staff member at UG Medical School. Mostly unrecognized, as were many so-called part-time teachers – still uncorrected. British and Irish students were amazed at his medical scholarship. Their own teachers were super-specialized. They all found Dr. Doobay, when they could relate to him, to be a tremendous inspiration. The same was true for the many students at UG who greatly benefited from his teaching skills and who remain his true legacy today.