Stethoscope- A noose around the neck in these times ?? Dec02

Stethoscope- A noose around the neck in these times ??...

For more than a century, there have been few objects that have commanded respect and been a symbol of dignity and pride as the STETHOSCOPE. As a child, holding a stethoscope fueled many a dream. Listening to one’s own heart beat was a magical moment. It was not only the doctor on house call in the good old 80s and 90s who used to be treated with reverence, but even the Stethoscope and the briefcase. Why, even Bollywood movies in the 70s and 80s used to have a scene centered in the hospital or a doctor making a house call complete with his suit and stethoscope which would contribute to the climax of the movie (a different matter as to how realistic it used to be). But now times are –a – changing. It’s been a year now since this incident happened but I recall it with anguish and pain at how demoralising the profession can get at times. This incident happened almost a year back when movies and the political system were constantly engaged in taking potshots at the medical professsion. A young doctor, fresh from his post graduation, having finished a long 36-hour duty and 50 admissions through a sleepless night decides to head home. The duty, apart from the routine pneumonias, fever, diarrheas also involved shifting 3 patients to the ICU in the nick of time, counselling a family that their only son has been diagnosed with leukemia and explaining in a somber way the treatment options and prognosis to fill them with some hope, and much more. With the duty having been finished, and looking forward to sleep, the doctor decided to hitch a ride back home. The last thing the doctor wanted to do on a post duty day was...