January 11, 2013

The goodness of doctors, the greatness of medical science and the desirability of living forever!

My brother-in-law and friend, Prashanto’s mother couldn’t make it, after the burn injuries she suffered during Diwali (refer to my December 13, 2012 editorial http://www.thesundayindian.com/en/story/how-patents-are-anti-poor-and-are-harming-essentials-like-healthcare-worldwide/44915/). At 74, her body gave up after a fight of more than 50 days. And it was a life well lived. Yes, we always have a slightly better view of life on hindsight. I got to think of three key things today that I want to share.

The first being about the goodness of doctors. Yes, I still believe doctors in general have fallen down to almost being merchants of death (refer to one of my past editorials http://www.thesundayindian.com/en/story/run-the-merchants-of-death-are-angry/36061/) and I also have had pharmaceutical company heads telling me stories about the doctor junkets they propagate in the garb of ‘seminars’, about how crudely doctors behave after getting sloshed over drinks and how each one is there seemingly only to make money. And yet, at the same time, the fact is that for all such doctors, we also have a set of amazing human beings who choose this profession selflessly to make a difference to the lives of fellow human beings; who are pillars of positivity and who day after day bring in the same passion selflessly to cure unknown human beings, as if they were of their own blood. Having seen the destruction of mega-killers like plague, my grandmother wanted my father to become a doctor so that he could save many a life. My father chose economics but always explained to me how tough it was to be a good doctor. He once said, “If a patient needs you at 2 am in the night and you don’t go, you are a bad doctor. And if you go, you are such a good doctor that everybody will remember you at 2 am and you will never be able to have a family life.” The fact is that there is no dearth of good doctors in this world, even in India, who work selflessly day and night (keeping themselves genuinely up to date with the latest research as well) at the cost of personal joys and family life – and not just to make money, but to spread happiness. And it was amazing to see some such doctors during Prashanto’s mother’s hospitalisation, keeping our faith in the profession alive.


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22 comments:

Atanu said...

I don't think there are doctors who choose this proffesion selflessly,to help human beings rather than making money.

Vijay Singh RY said...

I have heard first time that there is something by which we can live forever.

Raj said...

Exactly,life become life because of death.

Alok kumar said...

I think there are more bad doctors than good one.

Alok kumar said...

We realize the truth about doctors when we face anything damaging,otherwise nobody bother and we really need such articles to aware everybody about these truths.

pankaj said...

Its good to hear that there are some doctors who selflessly cure unknown human beings,as if they were of their own blood.

TATAN said...

For me this is the best issue we should think of and appreciate your views,nice article.

Dipti Nayak said...

There is a need to see the positive things rather than blaming our doctors who are working tirelessly to make our society better.

Apoorv said...

Good for medical science.

suman kumari said...

Is it trure,there is something exists by which our body will work thousands of times more efficiently.

Sudhir Kumar said...

Ya,this technology definately have good and bad effects both!

Rajesh Sharma said...

If ask me wheter i want to live forever than definately my answer would be no as if there is no fear of death,we will not have,we will not do anything interesting.

Nutan Xalxo said...

We Indians are facing the kind of situations,nobody wants to live long especially Indians.

Sangeeta Raipuria said...

Those who are rich definately wants to live forever but poor people,what do they do if they have to live for lifetime.

Ravi Rawat said...

I am waiting for teh technology by which we can write a book within a minute.

Dimpesh Rajani said...

Heart touching. Comes with an amazing insight into the technological advances through a personal experience. simply amazing.

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the people who says there aint such doc. india homes many such peopl who works selflessly

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