Surinder Jindal Recounts ‘Medical Encounters’ in New Memoir

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Physician recounts insights on human condition, heroic struggles against death, gleaned from long medical career

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Dr. Surinder K. Jindal recounts his countless “Medical Encounters” (published by Partridge India), conveying the insights he gained from tending to patients from all segments of society. His observations on the sacredness of life and the struggle to stave off death have given him sobering yet nonetheless inspiring realizations on the human condition and the social issues his numerous patients had to deal with. With this book, readers will get an intimate glimpse of life and death – and Indian society – through the eyes of a physician.

“Medical Encounters” chronicles the stories of patients seen by the author in his medical career of about half a century. From a man with scalded palms in 1968 to a youth in 2012 whose father needed lung transplantation; from one young lady isolated for her disease to another who defied medical advice; from Griffth who hid drug-abuse to Dr. Paul who came for a short visit, the tales provide an intimate glimpse of the trials and tribulations faced by patients in their heroic struggle against disease and death. Jindal’s recollection, interspersed with humor, also includes moments when he crossed paths with prime ministers, governors, chief-ministers, judges, highly placed officials, army-men, police officers, newly married couples, precocious teenagers, wealthy men and farm-labourers. He also touches upon the lives of political prisoners interned at his hospital during The Emergency in 1975.

“Thoughtful insights, combined with historical vignettes make this book a compelling read and above that, a captivating story of life and the living process.” Jindal says.

“Medical Encounters”
By Surinder Jindal
Hardcover | 5 x 8in | 276 pages | ISBN 9781482859669
Softcover | 5 x 8in | 276 pages | ISBN 9781482859652
E-Book | 276 pages | ISBN 9781482859645
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr. Surinder K. Jindal, born in 1949 received his early education at his native towns in Punjab. After medical graduation from the government medical college, Patiala, he joined the Postgraduate Medical Institute at Chandigarh where he rose to the position of a senior professor and head of department of Pulmonary Medicine. After his superannuation from the Institute, Jindal is settled in Chandigarh where he practises at his own hospital. Jindal, a pioneer in Pulmonary Medicine, has received wide acclaim at home and abroad. He was conferred Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indian Chest Society and Outstanding International Educator Award by the American Thoracic Society. He was also awarded by the American College of Chest Physicians and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases.

Partridge India, a Penguin company, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors in India, all priced appropriately for the Indian market. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, Partridge India assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Partridge India shares its headquarters with Penguin Books India in New Delhi. For more information or to publish a book, visit or call 000.800.10062.62. For the latest, follow @PartridgeIndia on Twitter.

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