It was a regular day in my government dispensary attached to a mofu il town when a patient walked in through the door. She was about 65 years old female and was accompanied by her husband. Both looked...
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You don't need to be a statistician or an expert in matters pertaining to healthcare to know that the perception of doctors in Indian society has undergone a dramatic shift in the last few decades. On...
It throws me each and every time I pick up a report highlighting the "tradition" of rote learning in India, such as this article, "It's plain murder, by rote", which appeared in a 2012 edition of Outl...
The general practitioner (GP) has been relegated to a position at the bottom of the medical ladder, with the higher rungs occupied by specialists. The diverse skillset needed to run a successful family practice, and the fact that a general grasp of different specialties makes a worthy specialty in itself, has never been appreciated. The rampant specialty cult in the country has thus stripped family practice of its prestige and allure.
Why are doctors stereotyped as snobbish, heartless and villainous in the media? The truth is that doctors today are the most vulnerable group of professionals. Why does the number of assaults on doctors exceed that of any other professional? Why do we have one of the highest rates of suicide? Why do the grievances of the medical fraternity not receive any redressal whatsoever from the government?