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Dr.Malpani’s blog: The three kinds of doctors

Dr.Malpani’s blog: The three kinds of doctors

There are three kinds of doctors. The doctors who know that they know are the doctor’s doctors – the world authorities, who do the research and to whom other doctors will refer their complex patients when they are perplexed. However, these are few and far between – often because there is a lot in medicine...
Diary of an Urban Family Doctor: Perils of too many medicines?

Diary of an Urban Family Doctor: Perils of too many medicines?

(Disclaimer: Content provided below is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.) Some of the quotes by Sir William Osler have come to mean so much as I have grown as a physician. Two of my favorite quotes in the context of this post are:   “The young physician starts life with...
Diary of an Urban Family Doctor: Basics of Drug Interactions

Diary of an Urban Family Doctor: Basics of Drug Interactions

(Disclaimer: Content provided below is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.) Medicine has become compartmentalized and it is not necessarily a good thing. Physicians work in silos, so do pharmacists. Things are particularly worse in urban India where even patients have started viewing healthcare in pieces. Patients with multiple medical problems...
Dr.Malpani's blog: Why do doctors order so many tests ?

Dr.Malpani’s blog: Why do doctors order so many tests ?

Doctors know that many of the tests they order frequently do not provide much useful practical information. The results of these tests do not affect either their diagnosis; their medical advise; or the patient’s choice of treatment options. However, in spite of this, doctors continue to order these tests, even though this overtesting can be...

The Clue to the Present, and Key to the Future, lay in foraging through his Past

My Rural training for Family Medicine, sometime around Feb-2010 I’m posted in a rural health centre as a part of my post graduate training, where I’m undergoing training in the nuances of primary health care and communication skills, guided by a senior lady physician. About 3 months ago, Aziz (name changed), a 20-year-old frail young man,...
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. : Lessons for Medical Students

Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. : Lessons for Medical Students

I recently caught a re-run of Munnabhai MBBS on one of the TV channels. I am a big fan of Mr.Rajkumar Hirani and I think he has been blessed with story-telling gene that is very hard to find. He can make very complex matters easily understandable with his movies that tend to strike a chord...

Image Quiz 2: What is your diagnosis?

A 25 year old female presented in second trimester of pregnancy with swelling and pain in oral cavity. The swelling had been present for couple of months but pain and swelling increased in last month. [polldaddy poll=6582044]     This quiz is submitted by Dr. Pavan Bajaj Specialty: MDS Periodontology Areas of interest: Periodontal regeneration...