“The White Apron” “द व्हाईट एप्रन”

Is it not but natural that a doctor who has spent all his life becoming a good doctor and then staying a good doctor with an extensive medical career spanning over 5 decades names his autobiography “The White Apron”? Dr. M. M. Jain (M.D. Medicine, M.D. Pediatrics), who retired recently from Ruby Hall but is still practicing, graced me with a visit yesterday to present the copy of his experiences about life and profession, a struggle to stay a clean and scientific medical professional while practicing compassion and humanity. He has inculcated these values by practice and example in every doctor and student working with him.

It is very difficult to stay out of financial mindset while practicing medicine, thanks to the worsening of inflation and expectations of a good lifestyle. However, examples like Dr. M. M. Jain are lighthouses in troubled waters for every future generation doctor. The responsibility that comes with donning of the white apron is immense and few can carry it well even if everyone tries best.

I strongly recommend that everyone including new generation doctors and medical students must read this book. It has so many things essential for a doctor yet never taught in a medical school.

His message to young blooming doctors: Do full justice to the noble profession and enjoy it to the core by utilising your updated clinical expertise while preserving the doctor-patient bond of faith and upholding the honour to The White Apron.

वैद्यकीय व्यवसायामध्ये पंचावन्न वर्षे घालवणाऱ्या डॉक्टर ने आपल्या आत्मचरित्राचे नाव “द व्हाईट एप्रन” ठेवावे यात नवल ते काय?

संपूर्ण आयुष्य दिवस-रात्र फक्त रुग्णसेवा हाच ध्यास घेतल्यानंतर “व्हाईट एप्रन” च्या कर्तव्यांशिवाय एका डॉक्टर च्या आयुष्यात काहीही उरत नाही. त्याग, निष्ठा,पराकाष्ठा आणि अथक मेहनत यांची कसरत साधताना अनेक डॉक्टर तणावाच्या आहारी जाऊन स्वतःचे नुकसान तर करून घेतातच परंतु काही वेळेला त्यांच्या व्यवसायावर देखील या तणावाचा परिणाम होऊ शकतो. अत्यंत गंभीर राहून हा व्यवसाय करताना काय अडचणी येतात, त्यांचा सामना कसा करावा आणि एक अत्यंत यशस्वी वैद्यकीय करिअर कसे निर्माण करावे याचे जिवंत उदाहरण म्हणजे डॉ.एम.एम.जैन.

सरांनी कालच माझ्या ओ.पी.डी. मध्ये येऊन मला आशीर्वाद दिले, त्यांचा आत्मचरित्राची प्रत दिली यातच माझ्या दिवसाचे सार्थक झाले. सरांना उदंड आरोग्य आणि आयुष्य लाभो या करिता मी नेहेमीच प्रार्थना करेन. त्यांचे हे आत्मचरित्र सर्वच डॉक्टरांनी, विद्यार्थयांनी आणि रुग्णांनी वाचावेच असे आवाहन देखील मी करू इच्छितो.

डॉ.राजस देशपांडे

©Dr. Rajas Deshpande

English and marathi Editions of this book are available on Amazon and Bookganga.com.

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