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Guest blog: Doctor as the detective

Guest blog: Doctor as the detective

The call came again from Mr. Devarajan’s apartment. I had gone there the same afternoon and found him fairly alright though his arm was still twitching a bit. He was able to swallow food and was comfortable and even spoke to me with some optimism which had cheered me. Now, comes this call of distress....
Of “strong” and “weak” medicines, “heavy” and “light” doses

Of “strong” and “weak” medicines, “heavy” and “light” doses

“Doctor, the previous doctor has given me a very strong medicine for diabetes. I don’t want to take it, I want another opinion”- demanded a grumpy, overweight, middle-aged patient. “Why do you feel so?” “Previously, another doctor had given me a medicine called Glimepiride, 1 mg. I had tiredness when I took it, so I...
The difference between a good doctor and a great doctor

The difference between a good doctor and a great doctor

All physicians have similar skill sets , but we all know that some are much better than others. Not only are they much more successful, they are able to connect better with their patients, and are often better diagnosticians as well. What differentiates a good physician from a great physician ? What makes a doctor...
How to Delight your Patients !

How to Delight your Patients !

I was invited by Dr Meenu Aggarwal to give a talk at the POGS Conference on How to Delight your Patients. This is a topic which was close to my heart, but I didn’t expect too many delegates to attend. After all, most doctors attend medical conferences to master new surgical skills. Many believe that...
Preventive Health Checks: Just because you could, doesn’t mean you should

Preventive Health Checks: Just because you could, doesn’t mean you should

“Just because you could, doesn’t mean you should” was a “mantra” given to me by one of my family medicine teachers and I have come to appreciate its wisdom over years. Over the last decade as a practicing clinician, I have come to realize the limitations of modern medicine, started seeing patients as people with different goals...
Dr.Malpani's blog: Why are doctors afraid to say we do not know ?

Dr.Malpani’s blog: Why are doctors afraid to say we do not know ?

All the doctors will accept the fact that medicine is an imperfect science  and that there are lots of gray zone areas in medicine . Most patients will not come to the doctor with the symptoms and signs the textbooks say they should ! There are lots of variations , and sometimes it is hard...
Dr. Malpani's blog: Why are doctors rude ?

Dr. Malpani’s blog: Why are doctors rude ?

I cringe when I see rude doctors . Sadly, this happens all the time . Typically, the doctor cuts off the patient while he is talking; or is sarcastic about his internet research; or does not respect the patient’s need for privacy ; or makes the patient’s wait endlessly for no good rhyme or reason...