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,...

You nod , and you listen and you gently just smile Jan09

You nod , and you li...


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Tears, fears and sometimes jeers- this is the lot of the modern doctor. How we take it is, well, mostly up to us. Dermatologist and theatre personality Anil Abraham takes you through all this.. My elderly Gynae Prof used to recommend a policy called MASTERFUL INACTIVITY in most normal...

What They don’t Teach You in Medical School

There are many, many things they don’t teach you in medical school which are essential to life after medical college. Things like the travails of the stock market; when, where and how much to invest; when to make career moves like shifting to another country. Imagine during internship, there was a two week posting wherein interns could get to know how to work in different countries- the licensing exams, the expected salary structure, the problems and so on. That would be fun. But unfortunately, this article is not about any of that. Its about another matter which is not taught in medical school- communication. Not the communication of...

That tube around you...

The stethoscope has evolved over the years and the origin of the stethoscope and its history is as fascinating as the history of medicine itself. The origin of the stethoscope is credited to Laennec in 1816, who initially devised a cone made of thick paper and used it to hear sounds!! The...

Teacher’s day- Circl...

Teacher’s day- Circle of Love I saw something the other day, It made me stop in my sway. The door was open, I walked in Not realizing I would behold a vision. There was my senior professor, Bent over some old foot on the bed Carefully paring away a corn With love, with care.. i understood....