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With the Quaid-i-Azam during his Last Days
Lt. Col. Dr Ilahi Bakhsh, MD, MRCP was born in 1904 in Chak Mughlani, district Jullundur, East Punjab to a family of eye specialist Hakims. A direct ancestor had been the personal physician to the ruler of the Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Ilahi Bakhsh left for England at age 16 and studied medicine at Guy’s Hospital, the University of London, and Oxford. At age 43 he became the first Muslim to be appointed Principal of King Edward Medical College in Lahore at a time when the entire British and Hindu faculty had just left Pakistan. Dr Ilahi Bakhsh led the herculean task of not only rebuilding the college, but also leading the development of medical education throughout Pakistan. When he died in 1960, an eminent contemporary Col. Dr S.M.K. Mallick proclaimed Ilahi Bakhsh as the real father of King Edward Medical College and of modern medical education throughout Pakistan. His other work includes a monumental 2,335-page treatise Modern Medical Treatment published in 1956. Ilahi Bakhsh was a medical visionary and a revered physician who is remembered for his lifelong care of the neediest as well as for his treatment of the Quaid-i-Azam and Allama Iqbal.