At the age of fifty, when most people start planning for retirement, DrPrathap Chandra Reddy decided that he was going to revolutionizehealthcare in India. In 1983, the renowned cardiologist launched thecountry's first professionally run private sector hospital system. Thirtyyears later, Apollo Hospitals has become one of the world's largestproviders of high-technology healthcare. In the areas of heart, liver andbone marrow transplants, as also in knee and hip replacement surgeryand robotic surgery, Apollo is an industry pioneer and a world leader.More than 32 million men and women have been treated at Apollo's fiftyhospitals, which are staffed by over 70,000 professionals.How did Prathap Chandra Reddy, who grew up in the small village ofAragonda in Andhra Pradesh, actualize his dream? How did he overcomethe seemingly insurmountable odds and transform the sustainabledevelopment space? How did he become one of India's enduring icons?Full of delightful anecdotes and dramatic twists and turns, The Healer tellsDr Reddy's inspirational story like it has never been told before.