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Health check-ups: “Packages” are useless if not chosen carefully. So how do you get the most out of them?

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? A rigid “Package” of health-check tests is usually not a wise thing to do. What are the missing links? Read on to know why. *** Q. Should I just go for a fixed “package” of…

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We “cost” little to you. But we deal in something priceless.

There are times when I LOVE discussions with self-proclaimed VIP patients! *** Background: The typpikkyyal Mallu VIP (pronounced ‘Vyee-iyy-pee’) is a boisterous, oversized, middle-aged male. He insists on smilingly referring to himself ‘small and humble’- something he will remind you … Continue reading

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Satire: Quacks call for Papaya Tree to be canonized as “Saint Papaya Tree” for miraculous role in “curing” dengue.

Asansol, Feb 29th, 2015. By an honest reporter. Every noble deed is followed by a slew of opportunists trying to cash in. A delegation of quack practitioners eking a living out of various “belief systems” (i.e. non-scientific and devoid of any sense) systems of … Continue reading

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Ads promising a “Family Medicine career in a corporate chain of clinics” will blow you off your feet. But read this before you leap.

Some corporate chains have been exploiting young family medicine (FM) specialists in the name of FM. They show little interest in your family medicine, once that contract is signed. *** Dear all, a word of caution / alert: Please take … Continue reading

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Patient encounters: The scared sufferer-manipulator.

It happens routinely in 100% literate God’s own country. Maybe, even more so. *** A healthy-looking lady walked in to the clinic. “Doctor, I’m feeling much better” (She was in a near-crippling state 1-2 months ago). “I want to stop … Continue reading

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One GOOD reason to switch off your phone when you’re with your Doctor.

In day-to-day practice, we come across amusing instances that stump the doctor for a moment. This was one of them. This will be understood better if read in the light of the common Indian sociocultural mindset regarding children and marriage. … Continue reading

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What do Doctors have to do with “doctored” videos and photos?

It is usually agreed that the origin of the word “doctor” lies in old English or French- meaning a “learned person” or a “respected teacher”. Gradually, healers- those considered among the most learned and of much use to society, began … Continue reading

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