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The Easun Legend

Easwara Iyer and Sundaram Iyer
You know, the more I think about it, the more I come to the conclusion that the founders of the Easun group of Chennai or erstwhile Madras, owe a lot to Uncle Bob, the irrepressible Scotsman. Before you wonder if I am off my rockers, let me elucidate my thought process and start from the very beginning.

Robert Greenhill Cochrane (1899-1985) was a renowned British leprologist, fondly called Uncle Bob, and he was largely responsible in bringing the treatment of Leprosy into the mainstream as a treatable condition. Until his time, it was a dark and untreatable disease, where these ‘dirty ill people’ got discarded from society and were consigned to asylums.
Some 40-50 miles south west of Madras is Thirumani in the Chingleput district. From 1935 to 1944, Cochrane was chief medical officer at the Lady Willingdon Leprosarium there. He went on pioneer the use of the chemical sulphone (Dapsone, Diamino Diphenyl Sulphone or DDS) to treat leprosy patients. Later he…

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