Setty was likely unique in having the audacity to ignore financial worries and get involved in what was still a new and experimental field as an engineering student in Britain.
Medical technologies don’t evolve in a vacuum. They are driven not only by trends in scientific research but also by business interests and the regulatory environment.
Historians of South Asia have often examined large technologies but emerging research suggests that small technologies were equally important.
To reduce the scientific enterprise to a battle for priority is to replace an intricate portrait with a gross caricature.