Prof. Felix I. D. Konotey-Ahulu writes to Dr. Enoch Anaglate

Dr. Felix I D Konotey-Ahulu

Dr. Felix I D Konotey-Ahulu

Dear Enoch

I like your “To God be the Glory. I am only His instrument” that you posted on the GMA Forum.

I wonder how many of our GMA Colleagues were at my Lecture “What Makes A Good Doctor” given on Thursday 12thDecember 2013 at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons?

Title of my lecture did not have a question mark, so I was not asking “What is it that makes a Good Doctor?” but rather “What it is that makes a Good Doctor”.

Those present will recall how I finished the 2-hour lecture in tears, and it took my former colleagues at Korle Bu climb up the platform to wipe away my tears: Professor Paul Nyame, Professor Alex Bruce-Tagoe, Professor Lade Wosornu, … they all came up to console me.

But why was I crying? Oh because some of my colleagues whom I named one by one as having qualities and behaviour that “made a good doctor” had died. Including the “Best Man” Professor Nii Lomotey Engmann at my wedding on Easter Monday 23rd April 1962.  As I named each of them with all the qualities at Korle Bu that made them “Good Doctors”, I could no longer hold back the tears. I cried like a child.

One of them was Professor Silas R A Dodu. I described how he gave me responsibility of the C I U (Clinical Investigation Unit) with the magnificent Devina Hazel as Nursing Sister, at Korle Bu, and how Silas Dodu invited me to be one of his crack Medical Team at the very start of the post-2nd MB  Medical School in 1967. We were Medical Floor One (S R A Dodu), Medical Floor Two (myself) Medical Floor Three plus Fevers Unit (Anthony Foli}, Medical Floor Four (Ben Edoo). The then Dean Professor Charles Easmon sanctioned our appointment as Head of Units.

After describing the qualities of every one I named (including my superb House Physicians) I moved on in the Lecture to the Consultants. I said of Silas Dodu “He was the greatest Clinical Diagnostician in the entire world”.

I myself trained at Westminster Hospital School of Medicine where British Royalty were looked after. Sir Clement Price-Thomas FRCS etc who operated on King George VI (Father of the present monarch Queen Elizabeth II) was my teacher. Sir Richard Bayliss FRCP etc who taught me Medicine, was the present Queen’s Physician. Dame Sheila Sherlock FRCP etc known as the Liver Queen of the world, was my postgraduate teacher.

I was most fortunate that all my teachers from Westminster Hospital, to London’s Postgraduate Medical School, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, Cambridge University’s Christ’s College (Addenbrooke’s Hospital), to Royal Free Hospital London, were brilliant diagnosticians, but none was as great as Silas Rofino Amu Dodu who once made such a remarkable diagnosis on a 44-year old Ghanaian Civil Servant referred to him by Professor David Haddock that I stood dumbfounded.

For those who are keen to know the diagnosis I am referring to I have recorded it [Case History 85], mentioning Professor Dodu’s name and how he did it, on pages 501 and 502 of my book “The Sickle Cell Disease Patient”.

Why all this, Enoch Anaglate? ANSWER: Those who were at my lecture in Accra on December 12 2013 will remember that I said I did not know a single Clinician in the entire world who could have made that particular diagnosis through history, physical examination (inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation) plus just one ECG.

I then went on to say that to perpetuate the name of “Silas Dodu” I had approached Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Professor Domwini Dabire Kuupole, and told him about a Ghanaian world beater called Nicholas Ossei-Gerning who was producing doctors and specialists in the University of Wales Hospitals School of Medicine and who used his remarkable expertise in reversing coronary artery occlusion “superiorly” to also work “inferiorly” to reverse pudendal artery occlusion as well thus correcting erectile dysfunction.

I suggested that Ossei-Gerning be given the title “The Silas Dodu Distinguished Visiting Professor of Interventional Cardiology and Pudendology in the University of Cape Coast, Ghana”.

The Vice Chancellor took my suggestion to University Council, and also involved the Chancellor Sir Samuel Jonah, and Nick was appointed.

Professor Silas Dodu was bigger than any Medical School, so the title I suggested was “ …in the University of Cape Coast” not “ …in the Medical School” as you can see from publications I wrote in the British Medical Journal 13 February 2014 and in the Ghanaian Times 15 April 2015, page 9, with a beautiful portrait of him: “Are you losing your manhood? Introducing The Silas Dodu Visiting Professor of Interventional Cardiology & Pudendology, University of Cape Coast, Ghana – Dr Nicholas Ossei-Gerning”.

If our GMA Colleagues plead ignorance to what University of Cape Coast has done, and is doing to establish a Commercial African Centre around Nicholas Ossei-Gerning they know now, thanks to you for what happened exactly a week ago in your Mobile Facility at Osu.

My delight is that you give Glory to GOD, and not to Nicholas or my Dawid. The whole world has read that before the work began a week ago, you prayed. ALLELUIA!

Press on with the good work. Remember Romans chapter 8 verse 32.

Sincerely yours

Felix I. D. Konotey-Ahulu

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