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MYTHS AND FACTS OF MEDICAL PRACTICE

”MYTHS AND FACTS OF MEDICAL PRACTICE”
*1. MYTH – MEDICAL PROFESSION IS A NOBLE PROFESSION*..

    FACT- EVERY PROFESSION, WHETHER OF A TEACHER, SOLDIER, TAILOR OR SHOPKEEPER, IS NOBLE, IF DONE WITH SINCERITY AND INTEGRITY. 
*A CARELESS DOCTOR CAN KILL ONE**, A CARELESS  DRIVER CAN KILL DOZENS, A CARELESS ENGINEER CAN KILL HUNDREDS..
*2. MYTH – AS IT IS A SERVICE TO HUMANITY, DOCTORS SHOULD NOT RUN AFTER MONEY*.

    FACT – MONEY IS AN IMPORTANT MEASURE OF SUCCESS. RUNNING AFTER IT IS NOT GOOD FOR ANYBODY, BUT EARNING MORE MONEY BY DOING MORE WORK IS NOT A MORAL CRIME.

AND ALL WHO ADVISING DOCTORS, THEMSELVES RUNNING AFTER MONEY, AREN’T THEY?
*3. MYTH – DOCTORS MUST BE HUNDRED PERCENT HONEST.*

    FACT-  DOCTORS DO NOT COME FROM MARS OR VENUS. IF SUPREME COURT JUDGES OR ARMY GENERALS CAN BE CORRUPT, SO CAN A FEW DOCTORS. AS A CLASS, THEY ARE STILL BETTER THAN POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRATS, LAWYERS, POLICE OR PSU ENGINEERS.
*4. MYTH – MOST OF THE TIME, DOCTORS DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE DISEASE AND WRITE UNNECESSARY AND COSTLY DRUGS AND ADVISE TESTS AND TREAT ON A TRIAL BASIS.*

     FACT- DOCTOR PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS BASED ON TRUST, IF YOU DO NOT TRUST YOUR DOCTOR, GO TO ANOTHER ONE. MEDICAL SCIENCE IS A LIFE LONG LEARNING PROCESS, AND ALL TREATMENT, TO SOME EXTENT IS BASED ON TRIAL AND ERROR. THE SAME MEDICINE, WHICH WORKS FOR ONE PATIENT MAY NOT WORK ON ANOTHER. 

SECOND, THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROVIDING QUALITY DRUGS AT AFFORDABLE PRICES LIES NOT WITH THE DOCTOR, BUT WITH THE STATE AUTHORITIES, JUST LIKE PROVIDING FOR BETTER ROADS, UNADULTERATED QUALITY FOOD AND DAIRY PRODUCTS, UNINTERRUPTED POWER AND WATER SUPPLY ETC AND ETC. LIKE CLOTHS, CARS AND MOBILE PHONES, COSTLY DRUGS ARE GENERALLY BETTER THAN CHEAP ONES. HOWEVER, IF THE GOVERNMENT MAKES IT MANDATORY TO WRITE GENERICS, IT SHOULD ENSURE QUALITY AND THE CONSEQUENCE OF POOR/NON  EFFICACY SHOULD NOT BE BLAMED ON DOCTORS.

THIRD, TESTS ARE DONE FOR PATIENT’S OWN SAFETY. JUST LIKE WEARING A HELMET OR SEAT BELT, INVESTIGATIONS INCREASE THE SAFETY. MOST OF THE DOCTORS IN INDIA ARE TRAINED TO WORK ON CLINICAL HUNCH AND COMMON SENSE AND NOT RELY TOO MUCH ON TESTS, AND ADVISE MUCH LESS TESTS THAN WHAT IS ACTUALLY WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OR DONE IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD.
*5. MYTH – TREATMENT COSTS ARE INCREASING IRRATIONALLY*.

     FACT-  COMPARED TO WESTERN WORLD, TREATMENT COSTS IN INDIA ARE STILL VERY LOW, AND MANY FOREIGNERS ARE COMING HERE FOR THIS REASON. AND IT WOULD BE WORTHWHILE TO THINK ABOUT ANY OTHER SERVICE OR PRODUCT WITH AS RAPID ADVANCEMENT IN TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT AS MEDICAL SCIENCE, WHOSE COST IS NOT INCREASING
*6. MYTH – DOCTORS ARE NEXT TO GOD*..

    FACT – DOCTORS ARE AS HUMAN AS CAN BE. THEY ALSO GET TIRED, FALL SICK, HAVE FAMILY COMMITMENTS, GET UPSET AND STRESSED SOMETIMES AND CAN SUFFER FROM ALL THE FRAILTIES OF A HUMAN BEING. IF ANYONE WANTED TO BE TREATED BY GOD THEN THEY CAN VISIT THE TEMPLE..

Expectations from patient

Hats off to the Doctor who wrote this in his clinic for his patients.
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My *expectations* from my *patients*.
β–  Please bring your *old medical records* but *don’t bring* your *opinion* about your old doctor… I am *no better* than him/her…

β–  Wait *patiently* in the *queue*…

β–  My phone is for *EMERGENCY*…

β–  If you want, please do *wish* me when u meet me in a marriage or birthday party or a hotel but *don’t* discuss your health problems there also…

β–  Don’t *praise* me that I saved you, because I didn’t do anything *extra*, it’s my *duty to treat*… It is *God* who heals, but when there is a *complication* please *understand* it’s also *His wish*… Many complications, adverse effects of drugs are *not* my work… It’s sometimes *your own body* which responds in a *peculiar* way…

β–  If you are *not happy* with my work, *go away* to my *brother* or *sister* colleague, don’t just *waste* your time…

β–  Take my advice, *don’t read internet* and *decide* about your *treatment*, I *don’t* repair my computer seeing instructions on internet, so also you *can’t* get treatment on *Google*…

β–  Come *prepared* with your complaints… I am happy if you *write and bring* especially *points* and I can answer your points *well*…

β–  *Don’t answer your mobile* in *my cabin*, keep it on *SILENT mode* and *LISTEN to* me…

I end acknowledging that I am called a *_Doctor_ only because of you*… When you are in my cabin, you are only my *”Patient “* and *NOT* an *Officer* or *Minister* or *Media Man* or *Teacher*

and in the end I *remind* you that I too am a *_Human Being_* like you…

*Thank You*…