The Leopard and the Bike: A Story of Two Scars

In the middle of a busy outpatient clinic a couple of months back, I saw two young men, one after the other, for the same complaint. Both had suffered limb injuries a few months prior, and had developed scar hypertrophy with itching. But that’s where the similarity ended.

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Sleep Hygiene: How to Get Good Sleep without Pills

Insomnia or lack of sleep is a very common problem. Most people experience it at some point or the other in their lifetime. Chronic insomnia or lack of sleep over a long period of time can lead to mental and physical health problems such as depression, anxiety, high blood pressure etc.

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The Guru of Jugaad – What the West can learn from Indian Healthcare

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Several of my expat patients are extremely impressed with the private healthcare system of India. They have never experienced anything like it back home! They rave about the efficiency, the cost, and the availability of quality care. Where else would you find a doctor consulting you in the comfort of your home for about the same fee you gotta shell out for a clinic visit back home? They want to know how we’re able to create such a super-efficient system that rivals the developed world in quality!

Here are some of my thoughts, based on my experiences working in India and the US, and my interactions with patients and doctors from around the world.. Continue reading The Guru of Jugaad – What the West can learn from Indian Healthcare

Temple Run: The Story of a Reluctant Family Physician

If you want to know what it is like to be a Family Physician in India, take a trip to the Golden Temple, Vellore.

Chapter 1

My wife and I utilised a recent invitation to attend a Convocation at CMC Vellore to take a much-needed 3-day holiday. On our way back home to Gurgaon, Continue reading Temple Run: The Story of a Reluctant Family Physician

Dengue Fever

Dengue Season in Delhi and nearby areas continues every year from August till mid-November.

Dengue is spread by Aedes mosquito, which likes to bite during the day. To keep safe, it’s best wear full-sleeve clothes, and full-length pants during the whole day.

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The Art of Communication and Counseling for Ethical Practice of Medical Science

Most doctors in India practice ethically. However, it’s a growing fear among patients that most doctors practice unethically! There is, at present a huge Trust Deficit in the minds of patients when they visit our OPDs and Hospitals.

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8 Strategies to Manage Stress

Stress is a necessary part of life. It may even be considered to be a good factor as it temporarily boosts motivation and makes one able to focus and concentrate more on the immediate task at hand.

Stressful situations can be exciting for the challenges presented and increase mental and physical resilience.

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Top 7 Excuses to Avoid Exercise – Busted!

As Family Physicians, we hear lots of excuses from people who avoid exercise. These are the top 7:

Excuse#1: “I am busy in kitchen and household work all day. I don’t need to exercise.”

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Busted!

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Prevention and Home Remedies for Loose Motions

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With the advent of summer, loose motions are a common problem. They most commonly occur because of an infection of the intestines.

Prevention

  • Most cases of loose motions occur because of infection from contaminated food and water, mostly after eating out. It is best to avoid uncooked items whenever you eat out – curd preparations, salads, chutneys, juices – these are often contaminated and can lead to infection. Well-cooked and steaming hot food should be safe.
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Let Her Sleep!

“Doctor, can you come quickly, my mother is unwell!”

Even after doing thousands of home visits, I dread phone calls like these. If it’s an actual emergency, I can hardly help with the meagre tools I have in my bag, and the family had better call the ambulance and rush the patient to the hospital without waiting for me. On the other hand, there are genuine conditions in which a home visit by a doctor can help much more than transporting an unresponsive elderly to the unfamiliar environs of a hospital ICU. It’s quite tough to decide on the phone, which is which.

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