हिन्दी (Hindi) मे पढ़िये
I have been practicing medicine for 20 years now and Government of India has been diligently paying the dues for my services, however, in retrospect I do not feel elated over whatever I have done. Not that I have any remorse or regret. It is only that the output does not seem commensurate with all the years of input.
Unfortunately my skepticism grows with experience. Are our interventions of any real value? Maybe it does save a life or two. Are we actually listening to our patients? Do we understand what they want to say? Are our patients really listening to us? Most of the time we are giving them what they do not want and vice versa. Do they really want all those drugs? Who are we treating? The patient or her relatives?
At all places I have noticed this communication gap between the medical profession and patients. After years of rigorous training health professionals find it difficult to grasp that patients may have a different viewpoint of acceptable medical care. I have come to the conclusion that modern medicine does not appeal to the minds of a vast majority of Indians. There may be many reasons, but it is true.
At this point many questions pop up. Is modern medicine truly modern? Or perhaps we deliver a irrational or corrupted Indian version? Is the Indian populace incapable of rational judgement? Or maybe modern medicine is far too expensive for the common man. Out of all these questions, that medicine is too technical for many to comprehend is beyond doubt. There cannot be any faith in medicine. Faith is for religion and medicine is not a religion and doctor is no god.
Maybe trying to bridge this communication gap between the medical profession and the common man could make me feel better. In retrospect I might feel that I have at least tried to do something for society at large. I have decided to write in both Hindi and English as Hindi is the largest Indian regional language. The large base of Hindi speaking people of India are the intended audience of this web site.
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