Stories about doctors

Traditional remedies: Old is not always gold

Cainophobia is the irrational or exaggerated fear of newness. If our nation had a national disease, this would most likely be it because we seem to be carrying the maxim “old is gold” to unnatural heights. Most Pakistanis have an undue fondness for traditions and cultural practices – practices that are often detrimental to them. Our obsession with rasm-o-rivaaj keeps us from relinquishing old ideas and replacing them with new and better ones.Doctors banging their heads against a wall, attempting to convince their patients to let go of their cherished (and altogether fallacious) beliefs on healthcare. The thanda-garam myth There is a widespread ...

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Do doctors have super-powers?

Medical education seems tedious and never-ending. It has the capacity to kill with utter cruelty but it does have a few perks. As I near graduation I have realized that I have changed. My English grammar and composition have suffered a severe blow. My literary sense has gone down the drain. But my colleagues and I have also acquired a few specialised skills at medical school which we are extremely proud of. 1. Energy: The magic 5 minute power nap In first years of my college, my parents were a little perplexed when they would find me sprawled on the floor over my anatomy book . They would ...

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So much for freedom of speech in Pakistan

Who said that it is only the extremist elements that cannot stand the free press in this country? There are in fact numerous groups that would refute this misconception. First there are the lawyers, who could not stand being recorded beating up unarmed men in a government office in Faisalabad or beating up a policeman. How dare the cameraman show them doing that? And of course, in response they thought it best to simply break a camera or two. Then there are the doctors, who could not stand having to deal with investigations and coverage of news stories highlighting their malpractice. So, ...

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Labour of love: lessons learned overnight

““Final year students are required to do two night shifts per week in their Obstetrics and Gynecology posting.” Ever since I heard my in-charge say those words, the apprehension started building up until it became a real bothersome issue. I tried to look for an escape route, anything, to be able to skip those night duties. Amazingly, I’d never had to do night duties in my clinical rotations so far but this being my final year as a medical student, all the loose ends would now have to be tied up. In other words, there was no escape. The reasons I ...

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No test, no nikkah!

Almost every third girl gets married to a guy she doesn’t know, has never met or never talked to before. The guy’s family just saw the girl somewhere, they sent the proposal and if the girl’s family didn’t find anything objectionable then everything is final – the date is fixed, venue decided…and they get married to each other. Now, the happily married couple is expecting a new family member, and when the new family member is born, they get to know that the baby is having a disease called Thalassemia. They go blank. They run to doctors. They try to ...

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