Tag Archives: Dr Ashok Jahnavi Prasad

Opinion: Can’t we do something for the mentally ill people unjustly languishing in jails?

More than 18 months ago, I had penned a column in this very portal expressing serious concerns about how a large number of prison inmates were found by myself to be suffering either from a florid psychosis or a psychiatric condition which would legitimately raise questions about their mens rea.

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Opinion: Apposite to commemorate India’s foremost medical icon of the last few centuries

What is more astounding though is how we have allowed a medical stalwart from our country to remain obscure. This remarkable practitioner/scientist was singlehandedly responsible for saving millions of life. And all we have to commemorate him is a road in Kolkata — and that too happened only very recently. Most medical students and practitioners would probably not be familiar with his name.

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Neurophilosophical Postulates of Clinical Ophthalmology

From what we know now, the example of active vision demonstrates unequivocally that future progress depends first and foremost on knowing the basic organisation of the relevant brain circuits. Without that knowledge, treatment of vision-related human disease is likely to proceed at a glacial pace or simply be fruitless.

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Human emotions through a neurophilosophical prism and its relevance in medicine

The human mind has two fundamental psychological motifs. Descartes’s proclamation, “I think, therefore I am,” illustrates one, while Melville’s statement, “Ahab never thinks, he just feels, feels, feels,” exemplifies the other. Our Rationalist inclinations make us want certainty (objective truth), while the Romantic in us basks in emotional subjectivity. Psychology and neuroscience recognize this distinction: cognition and emotion are the two major categories of mind that researchers study. But things were not always quite like this.

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Dementia Epidemic

Recently, on unfolding Hindustan Times, I noticed a headline to a column that went on to elaborate that India has the third highest number of dementia patients. Professor Prince of London who made this claim is one of the world leaders in neuroscience research.

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Emerging Vistas in Biomedical Research: a Philosophical / Scientific Perspective

The interface between chemistry and human biology holds considerable promise for science, medicine, and society. At a fundamental level, chemistry can strengthen the foundations of human biology in a manner that is entirely analogous to its enabling role in many of biology’s most notable advances in the twentieth century.

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Opinion: India should take note of Cuba’s recent achievement in public health

The import of this development cannot be over emphasized particularly so in a country like India where it is commonplace to come across unfortunate neonates afflicted with HIV.

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‘Illogical imitation of the American healthcare model won’t serve us well’

When a regulator is found deficient in its capacity to handle its primary function, it is hardly surprising that it could perform other tasks creditably. And given the wide discretionary powers the MCI enjoys, I am not surprised that it is identified with massive corruption.

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How to increase the optimal use of vaccines

Years of research have shown that the decision to vaccinate one’s child is rarely simple or straightforward. A welter of voices — in medicine, government, politics, media, churches, schools, and among one’s family and friends — can confuse well-meaning parents who want to do the best for their offspring. Online forums, where appeals to emotion often drown out thoughtful discussion, also play a role in vaccination decisions.

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Fundamentals of Clinical Neuroscience — from a neuroscientist philosopher and a clinician

The modern era of neuroscience can be traced to the 1890s, when the Spanish pathologist Santiago Ramón y Cajal used a method developed by the Italian physician Camillo Golgi to stain nerve tissues to visualize the morphology and structure of the neurons and their connections.

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