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Guest Blog: Say No to Staff Abuse – Don’t Abuse and Don’t Accept Abuse

Guest Blog: Say No to Staff Abuse – Don’t Abuse and Don’t Accept Abuse

When patients and relatives abuse doctors and hit them or indulge in looting and arson, it makes the news. Video clips go viral, doctors go on strike, arrests are made and the newspapers tend to give adequate coverage to these incidents. What doesn’t get reported is the increasing incidence of...
In conversation with Dr. Sunita Maheshwari: Part 3: Culture of Giving back

In conversation with Dr. Sunita Maheshwari: Part 3: Culture of Giving back

Meet Dr. Sunita Maheshwari: A dreamer with a difference She is a wearer of many hats- is a mother of two, a Yale trained Pediatric Cardiologist, Chief Dreamer, Teleradiology Solutions (a company she co-founded with her husband- Dr. Arjun Kalyanpur), an educator and an innovator. Having received medical training in Osmania University...
Guest blog: An example of Swadeshi Healthcare

Guest blog: An example of Swadeshi Healthcare

Gadchiroli, Bangs and the wonder of low Infant Mortality Rates Gadchiroli Gadchiroli is a district in western Maharashtra. It is one of the most backward districts in India with a high level of tribal and deprived population. The terrain is tough with forests and floods; whatever little infrastructure suffers poor...
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...
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The young physician starts life with 20 drugs for each disease, and the old physician ends life with one drug for 20 diseases. –Sir William Osler
Dr. Malpani's blog: How computers can help doctors to improve empathy

Dr. Malpani’s blog: How computers can help doctors to improve empathy

Many people are worried that the introduction of computers into medicine will further depersonalize clinical care . Their concern is that technology will disrupt the doctor-patient relationship because doctors will start focusing more on the computer screen , rather than on their patients. It’s true that doctors find technology very seductive and many enjoy interpreting...

Quote of the week

“Don’t let yourself be. Find something new to try, something to change. Count how often it succeeds and how often it doesn’t.  Write about it. Ask a patient or a colleague what they think about it. See if you can keep the conversation going.” –Atul Gawande
Guest Blog: India & med tech : the sub-optimal state

Guest Blog: India & med tech : the sub-optimal state

  Public-funded institutions and government agencies are increasingly supporting India’s nascent medical technology sector either as research or funding partners. Yet, what the state is so keen to help sow is it also equally willing to nurture? Not really. First, here are some instances of public funding or research partnerships of indigenous companies. -Mysore-based Skanray,...
Dr. Malpani's blog: Medicine by the numbers

Dr. Malpani’s blog: Medicine by the numbers

This is the age of data. Everyone is hopeful that based on number crunching and data analytics, we will be able to improve the quality of health we provide to patients. Thus , Mr Khosla believes that Big Data (http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/10/doctors-or-algorithms/) will allow us to create algorithms to treat patients, making the doctor a commodity; and...
Guest blog: Virtues of doing nothing

Guest blog: Virtues of doing nothing

In article titled ‘Buffet succeeds at nothing’ http://www.fool.com/portfolios/rulemaker/2002/rulemaker021030.htm , Buffet fan and investor Mohnish Pabrai writes about the need to avoid reacting to every little flicker of the ticker, enjoy long periods of relative quiet and inactivity. Sitting on their butts as they put it. Apparently it is beneficial, well of course it is, it made...
Guest Column: Good Medical Practice Part 5: The Art of Patient Care

Guest Column: Good Medical Practice Part 5: The Art of Patient Care

“Handling a disease requires Knowledge…..“Handling a patient requires Wisdom”.   The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and does not consist only of the absence of disease or infirmity.” According to this definition, for a doctor to be referred to as a ‘Healthcare Provider’, he...