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Book Review: ‘The Ethical Doctor’ Talks About the Role Society Plays in Perpetuating Medical Corruption

Book Review: ‘The Ethical Doctor’ Talks About the Role Society Plays in Perpetuating Medical Corruption

An important prerequisite for a society to start resolving a problem is ample discussion, and for the discussion to be meaningful it is necessary that multiple different perspectives are voiced and heard. While unethical medical practice as a topic of discussion has been around in Indian society and media for some years now, the dominant perspectives we hear are of victimized patients and defensive, parochial doctors (generally through their ‘associations’). In this background, the new book ‘The Ethical Doctor’ fills a significant vacuum by giving voice to important though reticent groups in India’s medical system: victimized (aka honestly practising) doctors and progressive practitioners. more

Book Review: ‘Dissenting Diagnosis’: A Must-Read For Every Medico

Book Review: ‘Dissenting Diagnosis’: A Must-Read For Every Medico

The most amazing aspect about the book ‘Dissenting Diagnosis’ by Dr Arun Gadre and Dr Abhay Shukla is that despite it carrying some extremely depressing and infuriating truths about medical practice in India, it still is the best thing to happen to our profession in the recent past. These 200 pages of honesty and optimism have the potential to do what years of denial, whining, and insincere victim-playing (the typical responses of many Indian doctors and of the Indian Medical Association to criticisms) haven’t been able to achieve: catalyse a huge positive change in the medical community. more

Book Review: Health Care Reforms in India: Making up for the Lost Decades

Book Review: Health Care Reforms in India: Making up for the Lost Decades

Having worked in 11 different countries, both developing and developed, I have harboured a long-term interest in the different healthcare systems around the globe and their comparisons have always intrigued me. The Indian healthcare system has always been of special interest not just because of my origins but because of the special challenges it presents in every sphere. more

My technique can rebuild parent-child relationship: Dr Anupam Sibal

My technique can rebuild parent-child relationship: Dr Anupam Sibal

New Delhi: If you are a parent at your wit’s end on how to help your child cope with the rapidly changing world where preoccupation with gadgets seems to be the norm and instilling the right moral ethics is a challenge, help is at hand from an expert with two decades of experience in the field. He says he’s devised a method to rebuild the parent-child relationship. more

Book Review: Let’s Talk TB

Book Review: Let’s Talk TB

So here I have with me ‘Let’s Talk TB‘, a booklet published by GP Clinics that aims to aid GPs (general practitioners) in dealing with this much formidable health problem that affects over 2 million Indians every year. The book is a compilation of articles published in GP Clinics written by a spectrum of subject experts, and is proposed to beef up GPs and private practitioners with the knowledge of the current best practices for TB diagnosis and treatment. more

Management of Tuberculosis: 10 Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Management of Tuberculosis: 10 Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Indian TB patients get diagnosed after a delay of nearly two months, and are seen by three different providers before a diagnosis is made. At the primary care level, patients rarely get investigated for TB, even when they present with classic TB symptoms. Instead, providers give broad-spectrum antibiotics (e.g. fluoroquinolones) and remedies such as cough syrups and steroids. more

Book Review: In Search of the Perfect Health System

Book Review: In Search of the Perfect Health System

One of the most glaring deficiencies of medical education in India is a lack of focus on health systems and policy. While considerable emphasis on disease and its management is central to any medical curriculum, the absence of exposure to the workings of the healthcare system can prove to be a huge handicap once students graduate and enter the ‘real world’. more

‘Creating hype about fairness no less than apartheid’

‘Creating hype about fairness no less than apartheid’

Bangalore: Beauty might lie in the eye of the beholder, but senior plastic surgeon and author Dr Jas Kohli says today the eyes that gauge beauty cannot look beyond the established standards of acceptable physical appearance. more

Gut feeling: Have probiotics for improving brain functions (Book Review)

Gut feeling: Have probiotics for improving brain functions (Book Review)

“When you think of your nervous system, you probably picture your brain and spinal cord. But that’s just the central nervous system. You must also consider your intestinal or enteric nervous system,” writes Dr David Perlmutter, a US-based renowned neurologist. more

Goa’s three-time doctor-CM used ‘hypothermia’ to overcome opponents, says biography

Goa’s three-time doctor-CM used ‘hypothermia’ to overcome opponents, says biography

Panaji (IANS): For three-time Goa chief minister and veteran surgeon Dr Wilfred De Souza, hypothermia, a surgical principle where body metabolism is deliberately pulled down to aid surgery, was also a favoured ideal political philosophy. more