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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 447-448  

In memory of Professor Burhan Adeen Alabed my father

Department of Anesthesia, Al Bassel Cardiac Center, Damascus, Syria

Date of Web Publication8-Sep-2015

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Marya Burhan Adeen Alabed
Al Bassel Cardiac Center, Damascus
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DOI: 10.4103/0259-1162.161813

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Permit me to talk to you about my father, who was a compassionate father who dedicated his time to take care and to raise his children.[1],[2] He was helped by a devoted wife who stood the pressure and circumstances of his profession, since the days when anesthesiologists did not exceed the number of finger in one hand. They took the responsibility of covering the anesthesia hospitals in Damascus. My father, who never missed the happiest times among his family, saw his grandchildren grow up around him [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3]. In spite of all his heavy commitments, nothing would prevent him from following the personal interests of his daughters. I will never forget that day, in first grade primary school when my supervisor teacher brought to me a postal card from my father who wrote: "In Hawaii, I did not forget your birthday on April 27th. Happy birthday and a thousand kisses from the middle of the Pacific Ocean."
Figure 1: Professor Alabed surrounded by his wife, daughters, sons in law and grandchildren, Damascus 2005

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Figure 2: Professor B. Alabed address the Pan Arab Anesthesia Congress, Damascus 1993

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Figure 3: Delegates standing in Damascus Congress, 1993 for national anthem declaring the opening ceremony

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I shall never forget how my sisters and I waited for him to come back home in the evenings; at the start of the academic year, to write beautiful handwritings on our school notebooks first page. He had learnt this handwriting style from a famous handwriting Calligrapher, Badawi Alderani of Damascus. Our daily appointment was on the lunch table, where we would narrate to him our school's current news. He used to listen with interest and give his advices and instruct us for the sake of our interests in accordance with Damascus's deep rooted living traditions. He mentioned one day to the Headmistress in our school, Dar Alsalam: "I am a student in Dar Alsalam, as I know everything that happens from my daily conversations with my daughters."

I also remember how we used to spend time travelling to Bludan.

He used to recite the poetry of "Alfiate Ibn Malik" and the poetry of the great prince of poetry, Ahmad Shawki. Sometimes, history would be our topic in order to get us used to this important subject, History of Medicine and Languages. I found him consistent in his endeavors in expanding his knowledge in anesthesia. Since he spoke French fluently, he learned the English language as well. When he planned to go to China to orient himself into traditional medicine, he studied introductory Chinese language. Even at the age of 80, he studied computer usage to eliminate computer illiteracy.

He paid special attention to Arabic language, the Quranic language, and the Arabic nation unifying language. As I mastered anesthesia after medical graduation, I was so close to him to appreciate his anesthesiologist special character. He put all efforts to build a university department by his depth of knowledge, good nature of helping patients, students, and colleagues. He directed me into anesthesia, directed my sister to get a master degree in the medical laboratory and the third to be a pharmacist. I pray to Allah Almighty to have his mercy bested on him.

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Takrouri MS, Abass M. In memory of departed editor of AER Burhan Adeen Alabed (1922-2014). Anesth Essays Res 2015;9:3-4.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Takrouri MM. Burhan Adeen Alabed. Anesth Essays Res 2015;9:136. Available from: [Last cited on 2015 Apr 11].  Back to cited text no. 2


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