Demonization of Doctors: #jesuisasur

The Durga Puja is not just a religious ceremony for Bengalis. To them, it is a cultural extravaganza, a carnival, and a riot of happiness that knows no caste, creed, color, religion or political affiliations. So, naturally, this has become an extremely lucrative opportunity to be exploited for economic gains by multiple stakeholders. The norm of the day are opulent arrangements, and thematic celebrations, where … Continue reading Demonization of Doctors: #jesuisasur

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Clinical Research in Times of Ebola… and other Epidemics

As the news trickles in about the raging cholera outbreak in Yemen, and an emerging outbreak is being dealt with urgently in North-Eastern Nigeria, we are more frequently being confronted with the uncomfortable question of leveraging these situations to conduct clinical research activities. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) have come out with a report dealing with exactly this quandary. This report, … Continue reading Clinical Research in Times of Ebola… and other Epidemics

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The Harlequin Baby Saga: Was the suspension of doctors justified?

In the first half of June this year, doctors at a teaching hospital in Maharashtra became part of medical lore in India as they were involved with the first documented case of Harlequin Ichthyosis (keratosis diffusa fetalis) in India. Unfortunately, the baby succumbed after two days, but the story of this sad death, and medical lore was overshadowed by something that left a bitter taste in … Continue reading The Harlequin Baby Saga: Was the suspension of doctors justified?

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The Daily Bhaskar Post: A Symptom of a Deeper Illness

So in the past couple of days I have been reading a lot about a “reputed” Daily having spouted a venomous piece about how patients should protect themselves against sexual abuse by physicians. The general tone of the article, coupled with the salacious and malicious intent with which it is saturated, has naturally hit a raw nerve with most of the members of the medical … Continue reading The Daily Bhaskar Post: A Symptom of a Deeper Illness

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Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide: The Dark Knight Falls

From Aaron’s last blog post:

Thus Master Wayne is left without solutions. Out of options, it’s no wonder the series ends with his staged suicide.

A year younger to me, and yet, he’s achieved ore than I could imagine achieving in my whole life, and at the untimely age of 26 years, he has gone and ended it. Don’t remember who Aaron Swartz is? He brought out the Guerilla Open Access movement into the open. The Robin Hood of the Open Access revolution, he was a Dark Knight. He downloaded 4.8 million papers off JSTOR servers, and ended up getting indicted for “wire fraud, computer fraud”. First reported by The Tech, MIT, this news has trickled through the interwebs and people like me are still trying to grapple with the implications.

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Brown Bag Sessions: Food for Thought

We have been contemplating the concept of having a Brown Bag session once in two weeks in our department for quite a while now, and we set the ball rolling today with an attendance much healthier than I personally would have foretold. In the US, brown bag sessions are a common affair where, usually, over the lunch hour, an academic personality leads a discussion on … Continue reading Brown Bag Sessions: Food for Thought

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Protocol Writing Workshop 2012 and Falling in Love… with UCMS!

As residents, one of the most important things that we have to do is complete a dissertation, or thesis in course of our training. This is one of the credits we need to have obtained in order to be eligible to sit for the final MD exams. The basic aim of doing a thesis is introducing us to research and honing our observation, analytic and … Continue reading Protocol Writing Workshop 2012 and Falling in Love… with UCMS!

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