This book talks about Dr. Rai's researches and experimentations in the atrial diastole of the human heart. These are novel researches that connect to the old ones, modifying them and giving the readers a new perspective and outlook on the cardio-vascular system.
The way Dr. Rai talks about the heart and its functional mechanisms feels like reading a novel with all the world's secrets. His fascination really seeps out of his words and makes the book even more interesting to read.
In this book, Dr. Dinker talks about interconnecting his exploration and experimentation of the function of the atrial diastole to the new discoveries he made, which include pulsating venous values and motion of venous valves.
Dr. Dinker Belle Rai is a Board Certified Indian American vascular surgeon who worked at the Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, as the Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of the Department of Vascular Surgery/Vascular Laboratory. Born on 28 April 1947, in Puttur, Karnataka, India. His father is a famous criminal lawyer. Dr. Rai received his MBBS degree from Bangalore Medical College and his surgical training in the General Surgery Residency training program at the Brooklyn Jewish Hospital and Medical Center of New York. Dr, Dinker was the first to develop a method for retrograde catheterization of the venous tree; along with that, he discovered the motion of venous valves in human beings. Dr. Rai is also an accomplished author. He wrote two chapters in a textbook of Angiology and a beginner's manual on sclerotherapy and management of varicose veins with stab phlebectomy. In addition to being a doctor and an author, Dr. Rai is also a sportsman and an artist. He captained and won for his university team multiple times. His name is on the Honor Roll at the Chinnaswamy Stadium Cricket Museum in Bangalore.
"The author has made a most ambitious and formidable undertaking of compiling this book and presenting his discovery. His concept is very credible and adds to the present available concept and theory of venous circulation, venous valve movement and atrial relaxation. This book provides a comprehensive text on new concepts and basic understanding of the physiology of venous circulation which will be useful in the diagnosis and treatment of venous diseases."
"The book is eminently readable with interesting tidbits and anecdotes. For example, we learn that Sir William Harvey softened his theory of circulation to mollify adherents of Galen; Alas, to no avail, as he had to hide for two years for fear of assassination by Galen's enraged followers. The book is decorated with the author's original drawings rendered beautifully with his annotations in near Calligraphic precision."
Dr. Dinker B. Rai is credited with developing the first ever method for retrograde catheterization of the venous tree. This invention was given a United States patent in 1988. Based on this patent, a company called The Ideas For Medicine, Inc. (now part of Horizon Medical Products, Inc.) manufactured and still distributes out a series of catheters, known as Rai’s Catheters for use in performing descending phlebographic tests and for venous embolectomies. He is also credited with the discovery of the motion of venous valves in human beings. His original research on histopathological specimens of patients with saphenofemoral – incompetency resulted in a paradigm shift in management of varicose veins. He performed the first ever vein transplantation below the knee. The discovery of right atrial mechanical function is a pivotal discovery in his medical research work. He is an editor for the International Journal of Angiology. Rai has been featured in the book "Jewels of India" for his contributions in the medicine, art, sports and cultural arenas.