Prof Danaraj meticulously documented the physical signs seen in his patients for the purpose of teaching medical students. Thousands of slides were made in his long teaching career. In the days before plastic, these pictures were imprinted on glass plates. After he passed away, the slide collection was given to Dr Wong Yin Onn. These slides were used by Dr Wong in teaching; however it is felt that for this teaching material to reach a bigger audience, it will have to be digitalised to help preserve it and to enable it to be posted onto a Website.

The process of slowly digitalising the slides and uploading it onto the webpage is the devoted work of the medical students now being trained. The stems were added by Dr Wong. Out of the thousands of slides, 200+ have been selected for this project and it will take some time to upload all the 200+ case studies. This we will do to the memory of a teacher who had dedicated his life to producing good competent doctors, such that the material that he has amassed will continue to help educate more doctors.

You will find many “Patients” in this website, click on the word “Patient” and it will open to a short stem challenging you to make a diagnosis based on the brief info provided and the Physical Sign shown. We hope this will help you to learn to recognise Physical Signs and to work out the diagnosis in your mind.


dr wong yin onn,
15th March 2010

This website is dedicated to the memory

of Emeritus Professor T J Danaraj

A young Dr Danaraj working as the sole medical officer at the Dungun hospital in Trengganu in 1939. All laboratory work and diagnosis of blood films has to be done by the doctor himself. Picture shows him working in the laboratory.

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Dr Danaraj working at Singapore General

Hospital circa 1950s

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The hero of many medical students

He taught medicine to students of all races and nationalities for as long as his health permitted

We feared him, he scolded us, he was as strict as strict can be, the tendon hammer in his hands was a potent weapon but we all grew to respect him for we know that beneath the “take a detailed history and do a complete physical” commander is a man with a sincere heart with the wish to train the best possible doctor. We may have long forgotten a hundred lectures by other teachers but what T J Danaraj grilled in us, we remember for decades.

Thank you Prof!



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