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Mathrubhootham dead

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CHENNAI, NOV. 18. N. Mathrubhootham, consultant psychiatrist and television personality, died here today due to cardiac arrest. He was 60. He is survived by his wife.

Born on July 2, 1944 in Tiruchi, Dr. Mathrubhootham completed his MBBS from the Stanley Medical College, Chennai, in 1966.

He got Ph.D in psychiatry before joining the Institute of Mental Health, where he rose to be Professor of Psychiatry. During three decades of service, he worked simultaneously as Psychiatry Professor at Kilpuak Medical College, Chennai.

Besides teaching psychiatry, he conducted programmes in private television channels on topics such as sex education and mental health. Known for his humour, Dr. Mathrubhootham became popular with appearances in films, articles in local magazines and directing plays on psychiatric themes.

For his research work on alcohol-addicted families, he received the Dr. Marfatia award from the Indian Psychiatrists Association in 1998, the Pinnacle award for the English version of his film Puthira Punithama. Dr. Mathrubhootham, a chronic renal patient, was known for his contribution to spreading AIDS awareness.

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