Dr Vija Sodera was born in India and has lived in England since the age of 4 years. He attended St Clement Danes School in London, where he gained major school prizes for academic achievement and art.
He graduated from Sheffield University Medical School in 1975, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1981.
For 19 years, he looked after a Minor Injuries department on the south coast, and from 1987-2017, he ran his own private Minor Surgery clinic.
He is the author of three hardback medical textbooks, with sales of over 30,000, and of an acclaimed diagnostic poster which, along with the book Skin Surgery in General Practice, along with the poster, has been distributed to most general practices in the UK.
Dr Sodera’s brand-new Minor Surgery series, now available from iBooks, is specially designed for ipads and Apple computers. These six books are all extensively illustrated with his own photographs, drawings and videos.
Minor Surgery Procedures was highly commended by BMA Book Awards 2016.
He has published numerous articles in national medical magazines on minor surgery in primary care, and on minor injuries.
He is currently working on a new three-volume Diagnostic Atlas series on Minor Injuries.
Medical publications by Dr Vija Sodera
Having always had a special love of animals, Dr Sodera is an accomplished wildlife artist, and has exhibited many of his paintings.
A number of his paintings are featured in his book One Small Speck to Man ~ the evolution myth, and are also on view in his consulting rooms. The two paintings shown below have medical themes, which should be of particular interest to doctors.
This painting is based on the two biochemical cycles described by Professor Kreb. His famous ‘Kreb’s cycle’ (also known by the catchy name ‘the tricarboxylic acid cycle’) deals with the metabolism of glucose to produce the energy bonds in adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The less well-known ‘Kreb’s urea cycle’ deals with the metabolism of ammonia waste into urea. Dr Sodera was in a biochemistry lecture when he thought about linking the two cycles into the framework of a bicycle. With the ‘Kreb’s cycle’ and the ‘Kreb’s urea cycle’ making up the front and back wheels respectively, the painting Kreb’s Bi-cycle was born. To complete the picture, the Bi-cycle stands inside an abstract mitochondrion, which is where Kreb’s cycle does its thing.
Dr Sodera painted the ‘Space Clip’ during his time doing neurosurgery. An aneurysm is an abnormal ballooning of a blood vessel. This results in a weakened arterial wall, which then has an increased risk of rupture. A particular type of bleeding known as ‘subarachnoid haemorrhage’ occurs following the rupture of an arterial aneurysm in the base of the brain. The bleeding can be controlled by opening up the skull and placing a tiny stainless steel clip onto the aneurysm. In the painting, the tree-like structure represents the arterial supply to the head and neck, and a rupture of an aneurysm of the middle cerebral artery is depicted. The spaceship-like shape is really a modified clothes peg, representing the aneurysm clip flying off to stop the bleeding.
To watch the official videos, find out more about the band, and purchase his debut album, visit: vijasodera.com/earthcircle4022/.