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

Stethoscope- A noose...

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...

The Doctorless Patient Jul15

The Doctorless Patie...

A young medical student recounts her first week of medical college life and an indelibel expression- not in the wards or the hospital or the labs, but on a bus journey In a bustling bus lingered a vacuous seat, ‘She’s impure,’ they proclaimed; indiscreet. The poor, frail woman shed tear after...

Health in the time of Hartal Mar14

Health in the time of Hartal

It is that time of the month in Kerala again……….the good old hartal. A political party calls for one, calculated to disrupt life and activity in the worst way possible. The populace or at least the majority gear up for the holiday with a calm acceptance and in some cases anticipation. The small business, unsuspecting visitors to the state and events scheduled for the day take a beating. Beverages, legal and otherwise, show brisk sales. All in a day’s play for us in Kerala. Healthcare, of course has to run a different course. That is expected to function as if there is no disruption. It can’t shut shop and sit at home. Asthma, appendicitis,...

A NEAT WAY TO CRACK THE ALL INDIA PG EXAM Jan17

A NEAT WAY TO CRACK ...


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Nitin Yashas , second year resident in General Medicine,fellow traveler on this issue,who has survived largely intact to tell the tale Yet another season of entrance exams are coming to an end with the slog overs left and yet another season is all set to begin. With the announcement of the...

TO BEING DOCTORS-TO-BE Jul06

TO BEING DOCTORS-TO-...

“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...

Dr (?) Intern Jun19

Dr (?) Intern

The heart beat goes up to 200, the blood pressure goes up to 180/100 mm hg, pupils are dilated, tremors (+) in bilateral upper limbs……… These are not the case notes of a patient but of a final year MBBS student when his results have just been declared. Well for all practical purposes, one is a doctor now. Oh yes, a lifelong dream of oneself, parents, family and society has been fulfilled.  For all practical purposes, just 12 months stand in between getting a registration number and a official prefix to one’s name. But wait, 12 months???? 12 is a year. A year is long enough for things to change. So what does a medical student do for 12...