Daily Archives: 03/05/2015

I have to walk my life alone. Always.

I can deceive myself and others by pretending to understand.. Hold hands and falsely reassure myself and someone else of things being shared, but then we both choose to close our eyes to the reality: that no pain ever can be shared. No happiness, no personal achievement, no mental evolution, even peace cannot be shared. […]

We the Great!

When we set out to perform and dazzle the world, we seldom analyse ourselves: a cause of great discomfort and pain to others, and mostly, ourselves! Much as it is impossible to dislike oneself (we cant hate ourselves, all said and done!), it would be worth a try to atleast analyse. On the inside, we […]

The second side of the story of “Unnecessary surgeries and stenting”:

Stop “Doctor Bashing”!! The said firm in this news is said to have conducted research about this. What is its standing in medical research? Has it obtained permission for such research from ICMR/MCI/local medical councils? Has it obtained permission also to publish such studies in the general press/media? Who has verified the statistical/medical authenticity of […]

Do we have a “Parenting IQ” ?

Parenting is the most difficult career, don’t know when it became unfashionable for some who claim success “outside” parenting. However successful one may have been otherwise, if they have neglected growing kids for want of money/ fame / career they have committed a crime. There is no greater insult to childhood than a parent NOT […]

Forced tasks, deadlines and suspension of Govt Servant Doctors.

Doctors, especially surgeons should stop all forced “deadline and ultimatum-based” government programmes unless and until: 1. All the world-class standard equipment and theaters are available for every surgery / procedure, and the number of procedures that can be done without stress and hurry is decided by the treating doctor / operating surgeon. 2. An “All-is-well” […]

Question from a young Indian doctor who just passed out MBBS:

GM Sir. I am pursuing PG after MBBS. I follow your posts regularly. I have a question: Does the passion we have to actually become doctors and serve society and those who need us actually fade away? Many of my friends tell me that there’s nothing like passion, only money matters after a while, and […]

Using Brain Correctly

I can’t ever adequately express the beauty of the neuronal organisation within the Brain, realising once again that it feels far more rewarding to study than to explain it, to understand its poetic yet mathematically perfect logic rather than to describe the names of its components, to know that it functions as beautifully without one’s […]

The Unsafe Pilot / Driver:

We don’t even grasp the threat! (c) Dr. Rajas Deshpande Imagine someone without consciousness / awareness of self / self control handling a gun around you or driving a truck / train or flying an airplane with you in it. The recent claim about a pilot “deliberately” downing his plane with many others will make […]

Drug Quality, price and risk: repost

(c) Dr. Rajas Deshpande Sir, What about the responsibility of quality of drugs used for the treatment? These are the only weapons with which we fight a disease. Does it make pharma a share holder of responsibility in case of adverse outcome ? This is another grey zone to elaborate. Dear Dr. Sachin Jaybhaye, Thank […]

The Murdered Angels of India

(c) Dr. Rajas Deshpande This simple looking girl in her early twenties walks into my OPD with her parents. They all are dressed up typically worker/ lower middle class, just enough to avoid obviously torn clothes. Everything humble, barely touching middle class, but very well behaved. She starts telling her father’s complaints in perfect English, […]

Medical Dream

(c) Dr. Rajas DeshpandeIt was still raining after the college, but that was never an obstacle. We still reached “Mangesh”, our pet tea (plus ahem!) joint, just outside the college campus, a routine religious for many reasons. Ofcourse the steaming hot tea was crucial to rejuvenate brains exhausted by the extensive and complicated knowledge bombarded […]

Plight of of a a common Indian Doctor.

Letter to a beloved Teacher: (c) Rajas Deshpande Respected sir, Yourself and most other teachers are my Gods, I am what I am largely because of teachers like you, and cannot argue with your opinions. Like any normal man, I wanted Porsches and Ferraris, a bungalow by the beach, a calm and quiet life of […]

Doctors under duress: Stop the violence

Make a law against “Interference in patient care” Should the docs leave casualty if they sense hostility / arrogant and threatening relatives? Every doctor cannot make correct decisions under duress, and patients suffer. © Dr. Rajas Deshpande Doctors who work in any emergency ward / hospital in India are exposed to two great risks: violence […]

Medical Gods I met upon Earth: Part V

Patients who taught me life. The breathless grandpa. © Dr. Rajas Deshpande This octogenarian Mr. Abaji was admitted for the umpteenth time in the general ward for sudden breathlessness due to a respiratory condition called COPD. In general ward at govt. hospitals, there’s barely three feet distance between beds, without any privacy (No embroidered / […]

Suicide / Homicide of Patients

(c) Dr. Rajas Deshpande Tuesday 3 pm. OPD “She needs urgent admission and treatment.. she may be developing a stroke.” I told the relatives of this 70 some year old lady who was having recurrent episodes of tingling / numbness all over her body, with slurred speech. Otherwise healthy. The disturbed family was displeased: a […]

Medical Gods I met upon Earth: Part VII

The Mother Brain © Dr. Rajas Deshpande “Get out of the ward, Rajas!” said Dr. Pravina Shah. Although many of my teachers may have thought of these words school onwards, it was Dr. P. U. Shah who finally said them, in the first month of my joining the D.M. Neurology course at KEM hospital (Seth […]

Medical Gods I met upon Earth: Part VIII

The Messiah of Medicine © Dr. Rajas Deshpande “Sir, many times last night, I felt it was so easy to slip in some wrong drug to that rapist: if that criminal is allowed to go back in the society, he will just continue to rape more women”. Said the devastated intern with tears in her […]

The Guarantee of Life

© Dr. Rajas Deshpande What is the Guarantee, Doctor? Best of the Doctors internally react like metal on sandpaper to this question by the patient or relatives. While surgeons are the most common victims of this question, physicians also often succumb to these innocent words. It’s not that the doctor wants to hide or lie, […]

The new medical villain on the block “Medical Meddler”

The new medical villain on the block “Medical Meddler” © Dr. Rajas Deshpande There are more than one options to choose from in the treatment of most medical conditions. Although doctors may differ on the exact diagnosis in some cases, they usually agree upon the “umbrella” or parent medical condition, and usually prescribe similar molecules […]

Doctors under duress: Stop the violence Make a law against “Interference in patient care”

Should the docs leave casualty if they sense hostility / arrogant and threatening relatives? Every doctor cannot make correct decisions under duress, and patients suffer. © Dr. Rajas Deshpande Doctors who work in any emergency ward / hospital in India are exposed to two great risks: violence and murders and early health problems and death […]

The new medical villain on the block “Medical Meddler”

© Dr. Rajas Deshpande There are more than one options to choose from in the treatment of most medical conditions. Although doctors may differ on the exact diagnosis in some cases, they usually agree upon the “umbrella” or parent medical condition, and usually prescribe similar molecules as treatment. It is extremely important for the patient […]