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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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Guest Column: Good Medical Practice Part 3: Traditional Medical Practice

Guest Column: Good Medical Practice Part 3: Traditional Medical Practice

Managing Medical Practice has never been the subject of learning in medical education system. This has lead to lack of awareness among the medical practitioners regarding the philosophy and methodology of running a medical practice with formal skills and planning.  Typically, practicing medicine involves giving a diagnosis and prescribing a treatment for medical condition1 but...

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...
Guest Column: India and drug pricing : the illusion of closure

Guest Column: India and drug pricing : the illusion of closure

A group of ministers (GoM) has put its weight behind a market-based pricing mechanism for 348 essential drugs, a departure from the current practice of pricing a dated list of 74 drugs based on their manufacturing costs. The GoM decision might suggest that closure to a long-pending issue isn’t far away. But to my mind,...
Guest Column: Good Medical Practice Part 2: Changing Behavior of the Indian Patient

Guest Column: Good Medical Practice Part 2: Changing Behavior of the Indian Patient

                                 Today’s patient is an inquisitive patient.   Patient has become a healthcare consumer with demands similar to any other service industry consumer.  Knowledge and understanding of the needs of patients and their families now is more crucial than ever...
Image Quiz 1

Image Quiz 1

  A 25-year male football player presented with pain over the medial aspect of left knee joint. No obvious swelling was appreciated on clinical examination. There was a history of trauma 6 months back. [polldaddy poll=6539782] Answer:  This young male football player presented with pain over the medial aspect of knee joint. He had a...

Periodontology in Medicine- Part 2 of 3

PERIODONTAL DISEASE AND DIABETES MELLITUS   Diabetes mellitus comprises a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of metabolic disorders manifested by abnormally high levels of glucose in the blood (1). This abnormally high level of glucose in the blood is brought about by insulin deficiency caused by pancreatic b-cell dysfunction, insulin resistance in the liver or...
Guest Column: Good Medical Practice Part I-Healthcare, Doctor and the Patient

Guest Column: Good Medical Practice Part I-Healthcare, Doctor and the Patient

    Healthcare is one of India’s largest sectors, in terms of revenue and employment, and the sector is     expanding rapidly. It is going beyond its “institutional” role. {1} Healthcare is taking a transition from a “Disease-centric” to a “Patient-centric” approach. It is extending its role from treatment to prevention and up to healthy...