“Anxious and angry relatives are a burden all doctors must bear, but having been one myself was an important part of my medical education.”
― Henry Marsh, Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
“Doctors in India are not as effective as those abroad!” This was Jogi’s son, GG.
His casual statement stung me.
Jogi (Dr Joginder Singh), an old friend, had worked all his life as a physician in the public sector and had joined a private hospital after superannuation.
“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.”
--William Shakespeare In Romeo and Juliet
“Sir, may I give you 27C, an aisle seat?” Check-in counter officer at the airlines asked me.
“I would prefer a seat somewhere in the front, if that is possible.” was my request.
His eyes searched around a bit on his computer screen and then he asked, “Sir, only a middle seat is available in the fifth row. Is that all right?”
I nodded and got 5E.
“Foolish the doctor who despises the knowledge acquired by the ancients.”
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.
Pharmaceutical companies decide––what research is done, what results will be shown and what will be published. They also decide what guidelines will say!
“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.