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WHY SO SERIOUS???

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Mad Med Men | 3 comments

WHY SO SERIOUS???

As the AIPG forms are out, we at ALTERDOCTORS have one question to ask : WHY SO SERIOUS??? Presenting to you a sneak preview of the trailers of a NEEEEEET experience. hitting computer labs near you this December. A legend will rise amongst us who will use theatricality and deception to conquer the darkness. His weapons are multiple ranging from Mudiths to Ashishs to Kalams as he ROAMS with them in hope of eternal glory ACROSS the other side of life as a medico. Presenting to you , a MAD MED MEN version of NEEEET trailer through the characters...

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Dr Robin Williams- RIP

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Editors Desk | 0 comments

Dr Robin Williams- RIP

You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome. Robin Williams moved on to the theatre in the sky recently. A man who entertained generations had incredible acting skills, unbounded energy and great sense of humour all embedded in his compassionate persona. Little wonder, Williams was tailor made for his performance as a doctor with a very human touch. Here is a brief recap of some of his most famous roles as a medical doctor/ therapist: Awakenings (1990)- Based on the semi...

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Chance and medical discovery

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Class of Chiron | 0 comments

Chance and medical discovery

  Some discoveries are the result of slow, painstaking (some would say painful) research, logical step following logical step until a faint glimmer of light appears at the end of the tunnel. Other discoveries emerge as a bolt out of the blue – they still need to be recognised as such though. And there are some where Chance conspires with Circumstance to produce something quite revolutionary. Alexander Fleming’s discovery of the antimicrobial property of the penicillium mould falls into this last category. Some might dismiss him as a...

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SKINTILLATING

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Book Nook | 0 comments

SKINTILLATING

SKINTILLATING : A review of  SKIN-a biography Don’t judge a book by its cover- in this case I would ask you to disregard the advice, the textured jacket evoking the sense of touch is just an apt covering for a full bodied book on the largest organ of the human body. For us, coming from a country which puts undue emphasis on the colour of skin or to be more scientifically accurate, lack of the same, this book is a reality check of the first rate. The author, Cutaneous Oncologist and Surgeon, Sharad Paul is also a novelist. In Skin, he...

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Doctors Beyond Orders

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Cover Story | 0 comments

Doctors Beyond Orders

In the nascent stages of TREAT, when the team debated on the kind of stories we needed to bring to light for our readers, social impact and change always came to the forefront. Taking a leaf from those early days, we decided that we  should bring to light the experience of healthcare teams and specifically doctors who volunteer for medical relief in disaster torn places. Driven by a sense of altruism and adventure, their perspective is unique, sometimes cautionary and always inspiring. There are many stories of individual heroism and group...

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A Rural Practitioner’s Happiness

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Off the Beat | 1 comment

A Rural Practitioner’s Happiness

  Dr. Lalit Narayan wrote this poem while doing his stint as a young Medical graduate at the Tribal Health Initiative, Sittilingi, Tamil Nadu. You might be tempted to ask why this has been the best year of my life. Here’s why. Tiny hands. Big eyes. The cutest damn expression in the world. That’s my reward. That’s happiness. Then I walk out of the labour ward. I can see hills all around. Green. That’s my reward. That’s happiness. My cottage sits on the edge of the forest. Full of books, art films and insects....

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SAVE THE DOCTOR- INDEED

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Editors Desk | 3 comments

SAVE THE DOCTOR- INDEED

(An open letter to the young Indian Doctor)   Dear Friends, The campaign started by the young doctors has gone viral. Much has been voiced by the junior doctors in the hot seat as well as policy makers. As expected from an educated community, the voices of passion are balanced by those of reason too. After watching the unfolding events and debates, here is my Save the Doctor (from) wish list for you- From Present day Medical Education- A system which while training the MBBS doctor constantly undermines the very degree by devaluing...

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Why I became a doctor?

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Off the Beat | 5 comments

Why I became a doctor?

Why indeed? The answer to this question changes over time. For instance, just before an interview for selection into medical college, the answer that almost all of us are repeating over and over again in our minds goes something like this: ’Ever since my –um- childhood, I wanted to help others. Um- and to heal them of their sicknesses and –um- diseases and also their illnesses. That’s why I –um- want to become a doctor to heal them-um. I want to –um- serve the poor and in the villages and –um- work hard. I want to ease their suffering. Health...

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Drug Pusher or Healer – What are you?

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in Health advocates | 1 comment

Drug Pusher or Healer – What are you?

Few years, after the inspiring  Alma Ata Declaration that proposed the goal  of Health for All by 2000AD, the Indian  Council of Social  Sciences Research and  the Indian Council of Medical Research  set up a  joint study group to review  the health care  systems  in the country and recommend a strategy  to achieve  the Health for All goal. One of the most  intriguing and provocative  observation in this report, which has kept me  wondering all these years was  a call  to vigilance against  the over medicalization of the system since Health ...

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EVOLUTION

Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Alter-Natives | 0 comments

EVOLUTION

The retrospect-o-scope is one of the finest instruments of knowledge. We understand that each developing civilization evolved its own perspective on Health and Disease. The cross-currents across these human settlements being few and far between, healing expressed itself as localized approaches isolated in their repertories that addressed local problems tackled with local resources. The simplest were “remedies” drawn from the knowledge of the shepherd and the largely unrecognized “home” bank, the chief possessor, implementer and propagator of...

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Medicine and Movies

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Skin Deep | 1 comment

Medicine and Movies

“Medicine and movies ?”, you may well ask. The traditional stereotype of a doctor is one of a nerdy individual with thick soda glasses who is far removed from anything that Vidya Balan may refer to as “ Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment !” Boring, bookish and bland. None of the doctors I know come even close to this cliché. Some are singers, yet others are classical dancers; some are smart and sassy and still others are downright funny. So who creates these stereotypes ? Is there peer pressure to fulfil them ? I still remember my...

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Monthly Investments

Posted by on Nov 16, 2013 in Fiscal Fitness | 0 comments

Monthly Investments

There once lived a man in ancient Babylon. He was the richest man in the city. His friends used to wonder how he became so rich while they stayed poor, having started out at the same place at the same time. They decided to ask him the secret of his riches. The richest man in Babylon then shared his big secrets with his friends. His first secret was a lesson he learnt at a very young age from a wealthy merchant. He said, the merchant asked me how many coins are there in my pocket on pay day. I said ten. Then he asked, what remains at the end...

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Dr.Y.Subbarao

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Hi-Five | 0 comments

Dr.Y.Subbarao

Our number one contender probably came as a surprise to many of you, who would have been sitting and trying to figure out which of your favorite Indian docs stole number 1 over the previous four. (Note: Sorry, we don’t consider Deepak Chopra as a proper doctor, not that a wellbeing center would have landed him on this list anyway). Graduating from Madras Medical College and Harvard University,Dr. YellapradaSubbarao is the only one on the list who’s been mentioned in a book written by another on this list, as Siddhartha Mukherjee points out:...

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Sleeping Syndrome

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in SYNDROMIX | 0 comments

Sleeping Syndrome

In our new section SYNDROMIX, we take you through FICTIONAL CHARACTERS after whom syndromes have been named. This week we have the story of Sleeping Syndrome or Rip Van Winkle syndrome ! Who is Rip Van Winkle?? Rip Van Winkle is a short story which was written by American Author Washington Irving and was published in 1819 as part of a collection which was entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.. Set in the years before and after the American Revolution war, it tells the story of Rip Van winkle who is an old colonial villager. While...

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Hi-Five | 0 comments

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

  5 Most Awesome International Doctors Of Indian Origin,  Tune in every 5 days to see who’s made the Hi-Five list for this month, and who we’ve put to the test. He was rated by People magazine as one of the sexiest men alive, one of the top 10 most influential celebrities by Forbes magazine, and even has a good personal relationship with the resident queen of television – Oprah. Yup, we’re still talking about a doctor here – Dr. Sanjay Gupta. He exploded into fame and into the television sets of people all around the world as the Chief...

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New kid on the block

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Alter-Natives | 0 comments

New kid on the block

What do you do when your tummy’s upset, or fever looks imminent, or cough and cold have just started? I know you are a doctor. Who isn’t nowadays! Have you not been assaulted with the 60 page printout your patient has agonized over before coming to you? OK, back to the point – what do you do… Ignore it and hope things will change No feasting – only fasting till…. Try Granny’s remedy – soft foods, no spices, plenty of water, rest…. Pop whatever pill is on hand – like one of those ‘cins’ for fever … Blame it on the fruit salad you had last...

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Dr Atul Gawande

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Hi-Five | 0 comments

Dr Atul Gawande

  5 Most Awesome International Doctors Of Indian Origin,  Tune in every 5 days to see who’s made the Hi-Five list for this month, and who we’ve put to the test. Armed with a resume worthy of a US Presidential candidate (Two Masters from Harvard and a Rhodes Scholarship!), this Indian-American surgeon is the face of change in the medical fraternity. A regular contributor for New Yorker magazine, his essay titled “The Cost Conundrum” made a deep impact on our previously utopian opinion of the American healthcare system. (As it did on President...

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TO BEING DOCTORS-TO-BE

Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 in The Crib | 0 comments

TO BEING DOCTORS-TO-BE

“This week we have a young final year Medical Student’s thoughts on life in Medicine – some of you may have read it on his blog. For the rest, here is Mrigank Warrier with…..”   We who were always overachievers. Who missed the dusk of our adolescence solving multiple-choice questions. We who began our adult lives spending alternate days with corpses. Who carry bones in our bags and books that break our backs. Who spend the prime of our youth in the grime of wards. Who have already witnessed a lifetime’s...

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Dr. Vilayanur Ramachandran

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Hi-Five | 0 comments

Dr. Vilayanur Ramachandran

  5 Most Awesome International Doctors Of Indian Origin,  Tune in every 5 days to see who’s made the Hi-Five list for this month, and who we’ve put to the test. He’s the author of some of the most thought-provoking books in the medical world, as well as one of the defining global leaders in cognitive neurology (Along with Oliver Sacks and Narinder Kapur, both of whom have penned fascinating books on the subject.) The thing that separates Ramachandran from the rest is that his books do not merely present answers to a variety of...

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On Doctor’s Day- A salute to your inner steel

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Editors Desk | 0 comments

On Doctor’s Day- A salute to your inner steel

  The last two decades, the medical profession has been tested like never before; ever increasing competition in the market place, unrelenting scrutiny by the media and heightened demands of the public. Through it all, the expectations from us have remained the same-uphold the altruistic ideals of the hallowed profession. We are called to be as good as we can be, nay we are called to be more, but are we equal to the challenge? As we look inwards and look to adapt and reinvent, we can’t do better than remember that lion of our profession,...

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