Tag Archives: Family Medicine

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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2015: A historic, exciting and truly memorable year for Family Medicine in India.

My dear fellow journeymen, 2015 was an awesome year for FM in India. The year took off with the memorable Kerala state conference in Calicut in the 1st week of Jan itself, followed by an unprecedented number of state Conferences … Continue reading

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

  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 tests on my own? … Continue reading

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So much to learn, so much to do- An experience.

This was sometime around 2010-2011. We used to give regular home visits to a family in suburban North-Kerala. The patient- lets call him Mr XYZ Ali- about 55, had a heart attack while working in Saudi about a year ago. … Continue reading

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Thanks to the internet and self-treatment, today’s good ol’ family doctor has a more crucial role than ever!

A middle aged, middle class, slightly worried-looking couple walked in last month. The man had taken a general health check-up “package” and wanted to discuss the results with a doctor. Both of them were highly educated and worked in the … Continue reading

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Family Medicine: Responses to a few pre-PG FAQs (Part 1)

drABCDE wrote: “i want to do PG but not getting any seat apart from family medicine. i think no one takes it bcos of no scope “ Response: If there is some specialty you really like, try for it again. … Continue reading

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When smokers and alcoholics ask, “Doctor, won’t your drugs harm me?” (Indian scenario)

Ref: 1 “e-cigarretes are safe”. Ref: 2 “e-cigarrates are actually not safe”. The companies don’t bother what you smoke, because most of them are making both. Either way, the profit is theirs. *** One of the commonest questions I get … Continue reading

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