Pharmaceutical companies decide––what research is done, what results will be shown and what will be published. They also decide what guidelines will say!
Category: <span>Medical Practice</span>
“The mother of goodwill is free will, if untainted by evil.” ― Christian Hunt, The Dawn of Grace
Meet Professor DS
Prof DS and I work in the same hospital.
He is senior to me and I respect him for his quest for evidence based medicine. He retired nearly 12 years back from a Government Medical College as Senior Professor of Gastroenterology and was popular among his students as well as patients for his sincerity and forthrightness. These were also the qualities that drew me to him. After my retirement from Services when I came to work in this corporate hospital, I often used to turn to him for advice on various occasions.
“The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” –Voltaire (a French author, humanist, rationalist, and satirist; 1694 – 1778)
A newspaper story as trigger
On the morning of 20th Jan 2016, I was reading a newspaper story that said, “Young Jains shun good life to become monks” with a subheading “IIT-M girl leaves for Himalayas.” (See Figure below)
Something flashed in my mind – a conversation I had with AJ a few months back. And I urgently wanted to talk to him.
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?
A recent report has revealed that the universe is conscious. There is a long scientific and mathematical logic behind this assertion called Integrated Information Theory. Isnt it interesting that same knowledge has been taught by Vedanta for thousands of years.
“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.
Often a physician is placed in a situation where his ethics is in conflict with his morality. How does he or she deal with this situation?
Half of what a doctor knows today will be proven wrong, within a decade. Doctors rely on incomplete knowledge to make many medical decisions. When it comes to predictions about disease, patients should not expect too much of our doctors!’
Current COVID-19 pandemic has pushed into relative obscurity, another pandemic that has been raging for over one decade. By confining people to their homes, COVID-19 may make that pandemic of obesity worse. So any simple treatment that promises a dramatic benefit, evokes great excitement. A Recent paper published in a popular journal dealt with one such simple measure-intermittent fasting. It also brought back some forgotten memories from my childhood.