Color War: Dinshah P. Ghadiali's Battle With the Medical Establishment Over His Revolutionary Light-Healing Science

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1920s & '30s,1940s & '50s

Steven M. Rachlin, M.D. and Harvey Rachlin

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The subject of our true story is either one of the greatest medical pioneers or one of the greatest quacks of history. Hundreds of physicians and surgeons (and thousands of patients) swore by his new healing science. The American Medical Association and U.S. government thought otherwise.


Drama, Biographical

Short Summary

Starting in New York City in 1920, the subject of our story begins lecturing about a new healing science he spent 30 years developing. Within a few years he amasses a following of thousands of health professionals who swear by his new healing science.

As Dinshah's following grew, the AMA and U.S. government brought him to trial many times. He was imprisoned 11 times, and earned a presidential pardon from the Atlanta penitentiary after exposing corruption there. Doctors practiced his healing methods secretly while the U.S government stopped him.


India, New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Buffalo

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Dinshah P. Ghadiali, although he was known by his first name.

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Strong Moral Code, Aggressive, Honorable, Outspoken, Complex, Educated, Empathetic, Perseverance, Skillful, Aspiring, Blunt, Confident, Modest,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Unapologetic,Gracious,Engaging

Additional Character Details

Name: Dr. Kate Baldwin

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Empathetic, Engaging, Modest, Perseverance, Underdog, Beautiful, Confident, Educated,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Gracious,Strong Moral Code,Skillful,Outspoken,Selfless,Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Irene Grace Hoger

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Beautiful, Charming, Engaging, Faithful, Perseverance, Strong Moral Code, Underdog, Empathetic, Gracious,Charming,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Honorable,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Assistant United States Attorney Oliver Randolph

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Educated, Manipulative, Outspoken, Patriotic, Unapologetic, Aggressive, Blunt

Development Pitch

This is an amazing true dramatic medical tale that has never been told in full-length book, movie or documentary form before. It is the story of a foreigner (Dinshah P. Ghadiali, known by his first name) who after spending decades intensely researching a new healing science in his home country of India, came to American where he introduced his science in public lectures. The American Medical Association and the U.S. drug industry branded him a quack but hundreds of medical doctors, dentists and other health professionals used this man’s healing science with great success like Kate Baldwin, M.D., who practiced it (until she was forced out) at Woman’s Hospital in Philadelphia, where she was the senior surgeon. With dramatic court trials, imprisonments, racism, and the main character and physicians fighting for their professional lives, this story is more than just a medical tale—it is a compelling human interest story for people of all ages and backgrounds. A film or documentary adaption will rivet audiences and leave them wondering if there is validity to this light-healing (based on attuned color waves) science.

About The Author

Steven M. Rachlin, M.D., is an internist who specializes in complementary and alternative medicine. He made national headlines in November 1994 when he delivered a premature baby on board a TWA flight (#265 from JFK to Orlando) and performed CPR to save the baby's life). Harvey Rachlin (brother of Steven Rachlin) is an author of many books including The Making of a Cop, The Making of a Detective, Scandals, Vandals and da Vincis: A Gallery of Remarkable Art Tales, and Lucy's Bones, Sacred Stones and Einstein's Brain, which was adapted for the smash-hit History Channel series History's Lost and Found. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and is a lecturer at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Amsterdam Publishing Company

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available