Selvi Bakkiashree can already recite the names of 1,000 medicine brands including betamethosone, ethambutol and filgrastrim – at the age of seven.
She can also prescribe the correct medicine for ailments such as pneumonia, and . Now Selvi hopes to put her photographic memory to use by becoming a young doctor – just like teenager Doogie Howser in the TV comedy series.
The girl’s medical talents first came to light at the age of six when she began reading for fun during a visit to her aunt.
She now spends four hours a day learning the names of medicines
‘It gives me a lot of pleasure to know them perfectly,‘ she said. Doctors including India’s director of health questioned Selvi’s medical knowledge and were stunned.
‘If she succeeds, she would be the youngest doctor ,’ added the watchmaker from Ariyankuppam in Pondicherry, southern India