Category: <span>COVID-19</span>

“Foolish the doctor who despises the knowledge acquired by the ancients.”

~ Hippocrates1


Meeting ‘Tiddy’ was a momentous and stupifying event for me.

In middle school, about half a century back, we were a gang of three. The gang of Tiddy, Lambu and Motu was infamous for all the mischief that happened in the class. I was Motu, the sluggish one, who liked making plans. The other two were the active ones – the muscles. The name Tiddy (a grasshopper) was given because of his small frame and his penchant for pole-vaulting as a sport.Those were our most fun-filled days. read more



Complementary Medicine COVID-19 Medical Practice Pharmaceutical Industry

The camel is the the evidence based practice of medicine. And the last straw that broke it's back - was it COVID-19 pandemic or COVID-19 infodemic?

COVID-19 Lifestyle Medical Practice Uncategorised

COVID-19 vaccine has been approved recently for emergency use authorisation. This is possibly the first vaccine that is being lauched without ascertaining its safety and efficacy to any degree of certainity. Government plans to administer it to the health care workers first. Are you ready to be the guinae pig?

COVID-19 Lifestyle Medical Practice

“I looked down; my clothes hung formlessly on my shrunken limbs; the hand that lay on my knee was corded and hairy. I was once more Edward Hyde.”

Robert Louis Stevenson in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

In the queue

I was standing in the queue for a RT-PCR test to be done. I looked down and gazed at the round markings drawn on the floor. Were they really one meter apart? One could easily talk to the person ahead or behind in the queue. The person ahead of me was in a wheelchair with two attendants. The person behind me was a middle aged lady busy on her mobile. read more

COVID-19 Medical Practice

During the last few months, COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. There is one question that bedevils every mind, ‘when will this pandemic end?’ or ‘when will we go back to normal life?’ Can we answer these questions with any degree of certainty with existing knowledge?


In the absence of any ethical guidelines, corporate hospitals are like unbridled horses. How to utilise them for public good during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Corporate Medicine COVID-19

Some time back (November 2019), our institute had organized an international workshop on ‘Clinical Research Ethics.’ It was an agenda setting workshop for our institution and had representations from several other institutes such as the Department of Bioethics, National Institute of Health (NIH), USA, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Niti Ayog and Drug Controller (India), CDSCO. We were informed that ICMR is the watchdog of bio-ethical practices in clinical research in India and had formulated guidelines as good as anywhere else in the world. ICMR had placed mechanisms to guide institutional ethical committees in matters of research if required.  There were also discussions about special situations such as research on vulnerable populations such as children, tribal and the underprivileged. read more