The Tyranny of Diagnosis

For a profession that primarily concentrates on the well being of the human being, we seem to be very disconnected with the suffering person. We hide behind the facades of cases/bed no./patient ID or sometimes, even diagnoses/differential diagnoses to depersonalize the man who is suffering the disease. We end up diagnosing the disease, treating the disease, whereas we were supposed to diagnose the patient, treat … Continue reading The Tyranny of Diagnosis

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When Diseases Talk: Tuberculosis and Its Impression on Literature

A skiagram of the chest, showing miliary mottling, suggestive of Pulmonary Koch’s Disease in both lungs. there is also an opacity of the right upper lobe suggestive of active pulmonary disease. Patient was an 84 year old man, with a long history of TB for the treatment of which he was a multiple defaulter. The patient presented to the ER with severe respiratory distress and … Continue reading When Diseases Talk: Tuberculosis and Its Impression on Literature

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Sex and the Senile

Geriatric sexuality is a very sparsely explored domain in the medical arena. With the developing world getting top heavy on the age pyramid, this has become a rather timely question to ask. This study conducted in Australia takes a look at the prevalence of sexual activities in people ages 75 years and above (upto 95 years). The obvious problem was to recruit the study population … Continue reading Sex and the Senile

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Teenage Pregnancy: An Ethics Question

You-know! This post on Not House’s blog set me thinking about an ethically dicey question (Medical ethics has always been one of my pet peeves): Teenage Pregnancy and Consent. In this post, I am going to state an ethics issue, to which you may feel free to post your views/comments on (regarding the ethical implications of the same).  I am taking this case directly from … Continue reading Teenage Pregnancy: An Ethics Question

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House MD and the professional guinea pig (via Humanities and Health)

A very interesting post with a poignant question to round it off: A must read for all concerned with health policies and the like. Whilst this post is not intended to be an answer to the question raised here, I must say that someday I intend to come back to it and write about it, especially since this is one of the areas I am … Continue reading House MD and the professional guinea pig (via Humanities and Health)

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Valentine’s Day Special: John Hunter

In this special series, I will try to head up to Valentine’s Day with a series of posts to celebrate the day of love with posts not quite so pink and rosey. And I will start with the volatile Scottish surgeon: John Hunter! Yeah. You read that right! Read on, to understand why I chose him! “Man is born or comes into the world ignorant; … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Special: John Hunter

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