Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Dark Side of Doctoring

The Dark Side of Doctoring Posted on 13/05/2017 by DrEricLevi Episode 1. I’m a surgeon. I’d like to think that I’m resilient and well adjusted, having gone through medical school and rigorous surgical training. I’ve been a doctor for 13 years and much of that period has been spent training to be as good a […]

Dr KK Aggarwal

  Straight from the heart series   Attention all Senior Colleagues; Past presidents, Association Presidents, Medical Leaders, National Awardees, Teachers, Administrators and Mentors  We need your blessings and support in fighting the cause of medical profession Dear Colleague   The medical profession is facing the toughest timer of the era. Now and then we are […]

Mamta and kk

From the desk of Dr KK Aggarwal, National President, IMA Dear Colleague IMA delegation met West Bengal, CM, Mamata Banerjee today. Delegation members 1. Dr KK Aggarwal, National President 2. Dr R N Tandon HSG 3. Dr V K Monga HFS 4. Dr Marthanda Pillai Past president 5. Dr Shantenu Sen State Secretary 6. Dr […]

Quantum mind

Not to be confused with Quantum cognition. The quantum mind or quantum consciousness[1] group of hypotheses propose that classical mechanics cannot explain consciousness. It posits that quantum mechanical phenomena, such as quantum entanglement and superposition, may play an important part in the brain’s function and could form the basis of an explanation of consciousness. History […]

Brain–computer interface

A brain–computer interface (BCI), sometimes called a mind-machine interface (MMI), direct neural interface (DNI), or brain–machine interface (BMI), is a direct communication pathway between an enhanced or wired brain and an external device. BCIs are often directed at researching, mapping, assisting, augmenting, or repairing human cognitive or sensory-motor functions.[1] Research on BCIs began in the […]

Computational neuroscience

Computational neuroscience (also theoretical neuroscience) studies brain function in terms of the information processing properties of the structures that make up the nervous system.[1] It is an interdisciplinary computational science that links the diverse fields of neuroscience, cognitive science, and psychology with electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, and physics. Computational neuroscience is distinct from psychological […]


 . If everything is biologically determined genes must be controlling your action. If so doesn’t the old saying in Geeta rings true that man is not the master of his destiny but does according to the wishes of the supreme. ‘Sabmaya ka Kher hai’.And genes being biological phenomena can be considered to be controlled by […]

Commentary—Are Current Recommendations for Sodium Intake Appropriate?

5/25/2017 George Bakris, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago School of Medicine A recent article by Moore, et al in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology reported results of a 16-yr longitudinal study of > 2600 normotensive patients in the Framingham Offspring Study (1). Patients were followed to evaluate […]


Beautiful message explaining how Happiness is a State of Mind. All of us should try to develop such attitude  A man of 92 years, short, very well-presented, who takes great care in his appearance, is moving into an old people’s home today. After waiting several hours in the retirement home lobby, he gently smiles as […]

Medical negligence 

“4 days delay in taking remedial steps proved to be harmful to the patient and it jointly costed Rs. 12 lakhs to the Gynaec, Anesthetist and the Hospital ” Case Details : DR. SUTAPA DASGUPT & ANR, KOLKATA V/s. TAPAN KAR & ANR. REVISION PETITION NO. 315 OF 2016, decided on 18 May 2017 / […]

Anti drug lobby 

Anti drug lobby is a conglomerate of multiple lobbies working to discredit and undermine drugs in psychiatry field.The notable members are 1) psychology lobby – thinks drugs have encroached and destroyed their sanctuary of mind. The most prominent but not most influential lobby 2) neutraceutical lobby – most economically powerful lobby, more than even pharmaceutical […]


 OCT 2 My Baby has ROP!!!! June 3rd 2006 – Ishaan was born. It was a great moment in my family. After many years of treatment and prayers, Neethu and I were proud parents. But he was born in less than seven months of pregnancy – 27 weeks of gestation as neonatologists describe it. Ishaan […]


D-dimer (or D dimer) is a fibrin degradation product (or FDP), a small protein fragment present in the blood after a blood clot is degraded by fibrinolysis. It is so named because it contains two D fragments of the fibrin protein joined by a cross-link.[1] D-dimer concentration may be determined by a blood test to […]

Medical negligence 

“The Hospital was saddled with Rs. 24,56,000 as it conducted the Neurosurgery in absence of facility of CT Scan/ NCCT, but the Doctors were absolved” – Delhi State Commission. B.R. Saini & ors. V/s. Lions Hospital & Research Centre & ors. Complaint No. 161/2003, decided on 18/04/2017. Facts in short : 1. The deceased […]

Our demands

From the desk of Dr KK Aggarwal National President, IMA   Enough is Enough: Dilli Chalo “6th June” No compromise on the following 1.  Implementation on Inter- ministerial committee meeting report in six weeks 2.   Stringent Central Act against violence on medical professionals 3.   Single window accountability with no criminal charges on doctors without intent to harm a patient […]


Straight from the heart:The plight of the medical profession today  Dr KK Aggarwal National President IMA & HCFI   IMA is the voice and represents the collective consciousness of the medical profession in the country. It practically covers all the doctors in India directly through its membership of 3 lakhs, spread over 30 States and […]

The end of blindness 

Picture of a blind resident of West Bengal, India, who depends on care from his grandsonSixty-year-old Mahammad Ali Molla, blind since age 46 after decades of complications from sap that got in his eyes at age 22, depends on care from relatives, including his grandson (right), in West Bengal, India. Millions in the developing world […]


Physician, heal thyself

Omair Ahmad Patients are not broken toys that need mending. They are humans, in need of compassion as much as the skills of a good doctor I accompanied my mother to an eye clinic a couple of weeks ago. One of her cousins — a doctor — had recommended it. With a century-old history, […]

*Chappaties will soon become EXTINCT*

A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat can IMPROVE your health. Cardiologist William Davis, MD, started his career repairing damaged hearts through angioplasty and bypass surgeries. “That’s what I was trained to do, and at first, that’s what I wanted to do,” he explains. But when his own mother died of a heart attack in […]

Violence against doctors

Nice to hear so many comments in support of Doctors. I am doctor too and posted this question just to see reaction of general p… MoreOm Lakhani Om Lakhani, Strong supporter of Doctors’ rights Answered Sun The author of this question has asked this question satirically to start a debate on this topic. I ‘respect’ […]

Love and Death

BY MICHAEL LISTA | MAY 17, 2017   He was a brilliant neurosurgeon. She was a beloved family doctor. Their life seemed like a fairy tale—until her body was discovered in a suitcase by the Humber River. The untold story of Mohammed Shamji and Elana Fric Shamji Elana Fric was almost never born at all. […]


Catatonia, described in 1874 by K. L. Kahlbaum, is a distinct and heterogeneous neuropsychiatric syndrome, with both motoric and behavioral signs. It may be hypokinetic, hyperkinetic, or mixed and includes volitional signs, such as mutism, negativism, and automatic obedience. It was formerly relegated to a schizophrenia subtype, or considered extinct after the advent of modern […]

Catalonia and memantine

A variety of medical conditions can produce stupor, which is a decreased awareness and interaction with the external environment. Stupor can occur with preserved alertness, more often seen in catatonia, or with lethargy, more often seen in delirium. Differences between etiologies (psychiatric vs medical) do not appear to alter the general treatment approach for catatonia. […]

MCh orthopaedic 

A shocking news came in recently for some doctors when the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) barred 21 doctors across the state from exhibiting their PG degrees obtained from a so-called American university. The council has further termed such courses to be ‘questionable’. The administrative body purported that the institute has been charging lakhs to grant […]


it is laudable that medical council of india has now recognised foreign qualifications like m.r.c p.; f.r.c.s. etc, which, hitherto, had the dubious distinction of not being valued in india. A postgraduate doctor with degrees like m.r.c.p.england is now eligible to seek an appointment as a teaching faculty in any indian medical college. similarly i […]

Hack the human brain

Elon Musk launches Neuralink, by Nick Statt@nickstatt Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is backing a brain-computer interface venture called Neuralink, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company, which is still in the earliest stages of existence and has no public presence whatsoever, is centered on creating devices […]

Cognitive enhancement by drugs in health and disease

Masud Husain and Mitul A. Mehta Attempts to improve cognitive function in patients with brain disorders have become the focus of intensive research efforts. A recent emerging trend is the use of so-called cognitive enhancers by healthy individuals. Here, we consider some of the effects – positive and negative – that current drugs have in […]

Medical training is a tragedy waiting to happen. We shouldn’t be silent about it

Georgina Dent I don’t want to write about being married to a doctor but complicity in the silence around the pressures of practising medicine isn’t a victory for anyone A doctor in a hospital View more sharing options Contact author @georgiedent Tuesday 16 May 2017 00.03 EDT Last modified on Wednesday 17 May 2017 00.25 […]

Guidelines for issuing a Medical Certificate 

(a) Medical certificates are legal documents. Medical practitioners who deliberately issue a false, misleading or inaccuratecertificate could face disciplinary action under the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics), Regulations, 2002.  b)   The certificate should be legible, written on the doctor’s letterhead and should not contain abbreviations or medicaljargon.  The certificate should be based on facts known to the doctor. […]

First Nasal Spray Successfully Treats Supraventricular Tachycardia

HRS late-breaking study results show innovative medication has potential to change the way patients are treated for this rapid heart rate arrhythmia May 16, 2017 – Results of a groundbreaking clinical trial demonstrate the effectiveness of a novel, fast-acting nasal spray therapy called Etripamil to stop a common rapid heart rate condition known as paroxysmal […]

Many Depressed Doctors Don’t Seek Help

Doctors get sad, like anyone else. So how do doctors cope when sad days turn into weeks, even months? Are there unique factors that lead to physician depression? Are doctors different from the general population in the way in which they respond to depression? What treatments do doctors seek or avoid? Here’s what many depressed […]

Diagnosis of Acute Stroke

    KENNETH S. YEW, MD, MPH, Family Medicine of Albemarle, Charlottesville, Virginia ERIC M. CHENG, MD, MS, University of California–Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California Am Fam Physician. 2015 Apr 15;91(8):528-536.   Patient information: See related handout on stroke, written by the authors of this article. Author disclosure: No relevant financial affiliations. Classifying Stroke Risk […]

Death By A Thousand Clicks: Leading Boston Doctors Decry Electronic Medical RecordsMay 12, 2017By Drs. John Levinson, Bruce H. Price and Vikas Saini

(John Raoux/AP)closemore It happens every day, in exam rooms across the country, something that would have been unthinkable 20 years ago: Doctors and nurses turn away from their patients and focus their attention elsewhere — on their computer screens. By the time the doctor can finally turn back to her patient, she will have spent […]

Why say no to consumer court

Medicine is Science but Treatment is an art. Medical treatment does not have a rule book- what is recorded as treatment is used as reference to proceed: Treatment differs from doctor to doctor Therapy should be customised -only corporate treatments are protocol based Institution protocols differs and varies from institution to institution Various schools and […]

Why quacks

Dr. Pattan Jaffar Ali Khan MD; DPH; DPH&H; DCBD; MSc(Nutrn); FAIMS; PhD; MBA; MHRM. Why Do Patients Prefer Quacks For Their Healthcare Needs  Nov 8 2015      Share on WhatsApp Share on Email Flag inappropriate       +1250 views Most of the modern doctors suffer from Hemianopia, the one-sided vision, as they bother […]

Dodo bird verdict

The Dodo bird verdict (or Dodo bird conjecture) is a controversial topic in psychotherapy,[1] referring to the claim that all psychotherapies, regardless of their specific components, produce equivalent outcomes. It is named after The Dodo character of Alice in Wonderland. The conjecture was introduced by Saul Rosenzweig in 1936, drawing on imagery from Lewis Carroll’s […]

Don’t call me a provider

The Provider Will See You Now By DANIELLE OFRI, M.D. DECEMBER 29, 2011 11:35 AM December 29, 2011 11:35 am I can’t quite remember when the term “provider” slipped into the hospital lexicon. It was perhaps 10 years ago, when our hospital started hiring physician assistants and nurse practitioners to share the clinical load. In […]


Editorial (Dr K K Aggarwal) (Dr RN Tandon) 13th May, 2017 We all prescribe generic drugs only, where is the confusion then? (Part 1)   The final IMA Stand on generic drugs Write Legible Write Generic (Generic- Generic or Trade Generic or Branded Generic) Write Chemical name of the drug in CAPITAL (up to two […]

Dear doctors, be kind to each other.

Dharmaraj Karthikesan’s BlogMy life as a doctor and the way I see it… I met a young doctor who used to work with me recently. I had just completed my night rounds in the hospital and I was leaving for home. And then I saw him. He was unkempt, exhausted and appeared famished. Worst of […]

The Medical Professions’s Culture of Corruption, Part 1:

 Your independent, respected source for information about medications and natural therapies. Medication side effects are the #4 leading cause of death in the U.S. annually (JAMA 1998). Yet, few people receive adequate information when medication is prescribed. This website is dedicated to providing information to help you and your doctor make informed, intelligent choices about […]

The Medical Profession’s Culture of Corruption, Part 2:

 Your independent, respected source for information about medications and natural therapies. Medication side effects are the #4 leading cause of death in the U.S. annually (JAMA 1998). Yet, few people receive adequate information when medication is prescribed. This website is dedicated to providing information to help you and your doctor make informed, intelligent choices about […]


How to pick a medical speciality that’ll keep you happy your entire life?

 Published: Monday, 15 February 2016 13:3 One of the hardest decisions in your career begins at the end of MBBS, when you have to start thinking about which specialty to pursue. With over 60 specialties and over 30 subspecialties to consider after MBBS, it can be a tough choice. Most people start narrowing down their […]

Mad Pride

Mad Pride parade in Salvador, Brazil, in 2009. Mad Pride is a mass movement of the users of mental health services, former users, and their allies. It was formed in 1993 in response to local community prejudices towards people with a psychiatric history living in boarding homes in the Parkdale area of Toronto, Canada, and […]

Psychiatric survivors movement

The psychiatric survivors movement (more broadly peer/consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement[1]) is a diverse association of individuals who either currently access mental health services (known as consumers or service users), or who are survivors of interventions by psychiatry, or who are ex-patients of mental health services.[2] The psychiatric survivors movement arose out of the civil rights movement of […]

Outline of the psychiatric survivors movement

Outline of the psychiatric survivors movementThe following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the psychiatric survivors movement: Psychiatric survivors movement – diverse association of individuals who are either currently clients of mental health services, or who consider themselves survivors of interventions by psychiatry, or who identify themselves as ex-patients of […]

Involuntary commitment

For involuntary treatment in non-hospital settings, see involuntary treatment. Involuntary commitment or civil commitment (also known as sectioning in some jurisdictions) is a legal process through which an individual who is deemed by a qualified agent to have symptoms of severe mental disorder is court-ordered into treatment in a psychiatric hospital (inpatient) or in the […]

“Project Icarus”, 

The Icarus Project is a media and activist endeavor broadly aligned to anti-psychiatry, arguing that mental illness should actually be regarded as “dangerous gifts”. The name is derived from Icarus, a hero in Greek mythology, and is metaphorically used to convey that these experiences can lead to “potential[ly] flying dangerously close to the sun.” [1] […]

World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry

The World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP) is an international organisation representing, and led by what it terms “survivors of psychiatry”. As of 2003, over 70 national organizations were members of WNUSP, based in 30 countries.[1] The network seeks to protect and develop the human rights, disability rights, dignity and self-determination of […]