In the lethal injections used to execute prisoners on the death row, one of the major components is an important anesthetic drug called sodium thiopental. Under a three drug protocol, sodium thiopental is used to anaesthetise the prisoner, then pancuronium bromide paralyses him, before potassium chloride is administered to cause a fatal heart attack. (1) Hospira was one of the few pharma houses still producing … Continue reading Death Drug on the Death Row
I was trundling down Hungerford Street and was caught at the signal on the crossing the other day when I saw a car pull up alongside mine. I was a little lost in thought, contemplating my really horrific performance in the recently concluded examinations, so I did not really notice what was there beside me. However, something seemed different about the roar of the engine. … Continue reading The Adler Trumpf Junior, Kolkata
This news article in the BMJ, which is fast becoming my favorite medical reading, is disturbing, to say the least, on several levels. (1) But before I proceed any further I would like to draw your attention to three words in the title of the article: Baby Charnel House. So what exactly is a charnel house? By definition, as we all know, this means a … Continue reading Remembering Picasso, The House of Charnel, and A Medical Holocaust
I had another examination today. As the readers of my blog probably know, I am working and simultaneously studying to get into a post graduate degree course in Medicine. Now I will write more on that later, because, for the time being, I just had an epithet regarding the Indian post grad medical examination system: It is more of a test of character than a … Continue reading A Test of Character
This is in continuation of a previous post on my blog. I had talked of how the HIFA2015 group played an instrumental role in saving the HINARI for the time being HERE. I stumbled across this video on YouTube showing more information about the HIFA2015 and why we need it. Here’s the video: Continue reading About the HIFA2015
The Student BMJ is by far the most popular medical student publication in the world. It has just run a cartoon on the issue of the Wakefieldian MMR-Autism mishap. Take a look. To see the high res version of the cartoon, and find more reading links and stuff, click on the image to go to the sBMJ website. Continue reading The Student BMJ Cartoons Wakefield
Alongwith a multitude of other health bloggers, I blogged about publishers pulling out nearly 2500 titles from the HINARI. You can read more about that here. Now, it was followed by an article in the BMJ which raised a storm in the email discussion forum called HIFA 2015 (Health Information for All by 2015). Now before I move in to discuss how this uproar helped … Continue reading Did the HIFA2015 Save HINARI?