Show the heart to care for your heart


This is the image of a cave painting found in a cave in spain.it is more than twenty thousand years old . the heart of the mammoth can also be seen depicted in this picture.our ancestors about thousands of years back knew about the importance of 💓 . today we are going through a pandemic which is not going to end soon.we are living in a stressful time which can be very bad to our heart.if you see statistics people die more due to heart diseases than due to covid 19 . We have to change ourselves to achieve a positive way of living in order to care for our heart.
Obesity, smoking , high cholesterol levels, stressful life style are some of the things that we can change to care for our heart.stay active,stay positive …..show the heart to care for your heart.

Kahlil gibran poem on freedom


BY KAHLIL GIBRAN

And an orator said, Speak to us of Free-
dom.
    And he answered:
    At the city gate and by your fireside I
have seen you prostrate yourself and worship
your own freedom,
    Even as slaves humble themselves before
a tyrant and praise him though he slays
them.
    Ay, in the grove of the temple and in
the shadow of the citadel I have seen the
freest among you wear their freedom as a
yoke and a handcuff.
    And my heart bled within me; for you
can only be free when even the desire of
seeking freedom becomes a harness to you,
and when you cease to speak of freedom
as a goal and a fulfilment.

    You shall be free indeed when your days
are not without a care nor your nights with-
out a want and a grief,
    But rather when these things girdle your
life and yet you rise above them naked and
unbound.

    And how shall you rise beyond your
days and nights unless you break the chains
which you at the dawn of your under-
standing have fastened around your noon
hour?
    In truth that which you call freedom is
the strongest of these chains, though its
links glitter in the sun and dazzle your eyes.

    And what is it but fragments of your own
self you would discard that you may become
free?
    If it is an unjust law you would abolish,
that law was written with your own hand
upon your own forehead.
    You cannot erase it by burning your law
 books nor by washing the foreheads of your
judges, though you pour the sea upon them.
    And if it is a despot you would dethrone,
see first that his throne erected within you is
destroyed.
    For how can a tyrant rule the free and
the proud, but for a tyranny in their own
freedom and a shame in their own pride?
    And if it is a care you would cast off, that
care has been chosen by you rather than
imposed upon you.
    And if it is a fear you would dispel, the
seat of that fear is in your heart and not in
the hand of the feared.

    Verily all things move within your being
in constant half embrace, the desired and
the dreaded, the repugnant and the cherished,
the pursued and that which you would
escape.
    These things move within you as lights
and shadows in pairs that cling.
    And when the shadow fades and is no
more, the light that lingers becomes a
shadow to another light.
    And thus your freedom when it loses its
fetters becomes itself the fetter of a greater
freedom.

The myth of the “born” surgeon


I always wanted to ask this question to various consultants during my training in various specialities.when it comes to skill you can only acquire it by proper training and by practice.still they act to me and my friends with contempt for not acquiring the necessary skills.everybody is not abhimanyu who could learn how to break the chakravyuha from his mother’s womb.

Longrider

What makes a great surgeon? I hear this question asked frequently in many forms- from laymen who tend to think that surgery is like sports, from young doctors who wonder if they should take up surgery, and from surgeons themselves.

Young doctors are often apprehensive about taking up surgical specialities fearing he or she lacks the necessary skill. Many people believe that surgery is skill one is born with- you either have it or don’t. We often hear people talk of someone as a “born surgeon.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

I think anesthesiologists have a lot to do in maintaining this myth. Anesthesiologists consider themselves good judges of surgeons. We would think this is a reasonable thing. But anesthesiologists are heavily biased to the action they see on the table. They are also overly influenced by one particular surgeon trait- speed.

The fact is that the most…

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The medical professional as hero


Longrider

“Medicine is a social science and politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale. Medicine as a social science, as the science of human beings, has the obligation to point out problems and to attempt their theoretical solution; the politician, the practical anthropologist, must find the means for their actual solution.”- Rudolf Virchow

The heroic doctor or nurse is a trending theme. The Corona virus has elevated the medical professional to superhero stardom. The doctor and, less often, the nurse now stand beside Batman, Superman and the Hulk. One cartoon depicts a balding doctor welcomed into this exalted company, looking befuddled and out of place. Others are more flattering. We must note at this time that superheroes do not really exist.

In fact the doctor and the nurse are only doing their jobs, just as many other professional are, just as they have been doing for ages. Human…

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കൽ മാതിരി ഇരി — Longrider


പണ്ട് ജോലി ചെയ്തിരുന്ന സ്വകാര്യ മെഡിക്കൽ കോളേജിൽ പരിമിതമായ സൗകര്യങ്ങളായിരുന്നു. വല്യ അസുഖങ്ങൾ കൈകാര്യം ചെയ്യാൻ കഴിയില്ല, ചെറിയ അസുഖങ്ങൾ ചികിത്സിച്ചു വലുതായാൽ വേറെയെങ്ങോട്ടെങ്കിലും പറഞ്ഞു വിടും. പക്ഷെ സർക്കാരിന്റെ ആരോഗ്യ ഇൻഷുറൻസ് ഉള്ളതിനാൽ രോഗികൾക്ക് പഞ്ഞമില്ല. വല്യ, നല്ല വെളിച്ചമുള്ള വാർഡുകൾ, പ്രത്യേകിച്ച് സ്ത്രീകളുടെ വാർഡുകൾ, എപ്പോഴും നിറഞ്ഞിരുന്നു. മിക്കവാറും രോഗികൾക്ക് വല്യ അസുഖമില്ല. വീട്ടിലെ ജോലിയും പരാധീനതയുമൊക്കെ കൊണ്ട് മുട്ടുവേദനയും നടുവേദനയുമായി വരുന്നവർ. അവരോട് അല്പം വിശ്രമം വേണമെന്ന് പറഞ്ഞാൽ അവർ തന്നെ അഡ്മിഷൻ […]

കൽ മാതിരി ഇരി — Longrider

While Self-Isolating, Why Not Consume Some Books and Podcasts on the History of Medicine? — History Research Shenanigans


So maybe you’re now more interested in the history of medicine all of a sudden. I specialized in the topic during my undergrad and I’ve found that studying the history of medicine and surgery a really good way of thinking critically about some of the ways people talk about health concerns today. How do we […]

While Self-Isolating, Why Not Consume Some Books and Podcasts on the History of Medicine? — History Research Shenanigans

LOC


It was just like any other day for me until I collapsed on the aisle during our evening holy mass.i didn’t remember anything for a few minutes . My brother who sat beside me narrated vividly to ,the doctor who saw me first ,that , before I came to my senses ..I stared at him for a while like he was a stranger..like any other Sunday evening you rarely find a consultant who is on duty . the doctor who saw me was a casualty Medical officer…he asked my mother  about any previous incidents like this…my mother told him about a similar episode two days back when I fall down after i was suddenly waked up from my sleep.i was observed in the hospital for the night .. the CMO thought that I had a seizure and adviced for a neurology evaluation and asked to start me with anti seizure medication..the next day we consulted a paediatrician who after hearing our ordeal had similar opinion with the CMO….he referred us to the best neurologist in town … after listening to our history ..he advised to do some tests..an EEG,some blood tests and an MRI .after all the tests which came out to be normal.he insisted I take the anti seizure medication for a while….my mother was not at all in agreement with his suggestion…she insisted to get a second opinion..which we got and the second consultant adviced us to watch out for similar episodes in the future and if it happens again need to think about taking anti seizure medication….it’s been 25 years and I never had the seizure medication.
Now when I look at the situation and think what exactly happened to me that day…I am quite sure that I didn’t had a seizure. but what was the reason for me to suddenly fall down unconscious… there are certain pieces missing in this puzzle…the answer for this I got 15 years later in China…I was down with a flu and had a dry irritant cough.i went to the hospital inside our campus.the doctor gave me a few tablets along with a cough suppressant..the next day evening while I got up from bed I just blacked out…my roommate  pressed the panic button , when I woke up the people of the entire floor was waiting for me to come back to my senses…. I realized that maybe it is the cough suppressant that made me a bit too drowsy … that is the reason I blacked out… later when I checked with my mother she confirmed that during the previous episodes I did had a cough suppressant …. Which was prescribed for my dad..

ഹെഗ്‌ഡെയും മരപ്പട്ടിയും- ബി. എം. ഹെഗ്‌ഡെ അഭിമുഖം, ഒരു വിമര്‍ശന വായന — Longrider


ഈനാംപ്പേച്ചിയും മരപ്പട്ടിയും കൂടി കണ്ടുമുട്ടിയ പോലെയാണ് ബി.എം.ഹെഗ്‌ഡെയും മാതൃഭൂമി വാരികയും കൂടി ഒത്തു ചേര്‍ന്നപ്പോള്‍. കുറെ കാലമായി ഇദ്ദേഹം പറഞ്ഞു കൊണ്ടു നടക്കുന്ന അസംബന്ധങ്ങള്‍ ശാസ്ത്രത്തിലെ ലേറ്റസ്റ്റ് കണ്ടുപിടിത്തങ്ങള്‍ എന്ന രീതിയില്‍ മാതൃഭൂമി അച്ചടിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു. അഭിമുഖത്തില്‍ ഹെഗ്‌ഡെ പല കാര്യങ്ങളും സംസാരിക്കുന്നുണ്ട്- സത്യങ്ങളും അര്‍ദ്ധസത്യങ്ങളും നുണകളും ഇതില്‍ പെടും. ഇതിനെയെല്ലാം വിശകലനം ചെയ്ത് എഴുതുക എന്നത് രസകരമായ ഒരു നേരംപോക്കായിരിക്കും. ക്രിട്ടിക്കല്‍ തിങ്കിന്ഗിന്‍റെ ഒരു വ്യായാമാണിത്, അതിനാല്‍ തെളിവുകള്‍ ഹാജരാക്കണം. പരിണാമസിദ്ധാന്തം, മനശാസ്ത്രം, ADHD, അമ്പലങ്ങളിലെ പ്രസാദത്തിലെ […]

ഹെഗ്‌ഡെയും മരപ്പട്ടിയും- ബി. എം. ഹെഗ്‌ഡെ അഭിമുഖം, ഒരു വിമര്‍ശന വായന — Longrider

An ordinance for security of health care workers


Less than a year ago West Bengal remained on edge soon after the 2019June 10 incident where a junior doctor, Dr Paribaha Mukherjee, was attacked by a mob over alleged medical negligence .he was injured badly.The incident has led to intensive protests that first started in Bengal and then spread across the country.
The IMA launched a nationwide protest  to express solidarity ,written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah demanding enactment of a central law  “to bring a central legislation in the form of special law against violence on doctors and health care establishments”. A Bill was drafted by the health ministry but it never got cleared and was rejected… same government was on center …now under the circumstances when covid 19 is rampant and when a pandemic is happening it is quite clear that the bringing of the ordinance is an act of desperation rather than one with sympathy for the medical fraternity… anyway it was necessary …. but this is only a job half done… I hope that within the period of this ordinance…a Bill is passed in the parliament and this is made into a law…it needed lots of sacrifice from brave people from medical community to have made this a reality…they are the real heroes who deserves applause

Fall of the Roman Republic — Nicholas C. Rossis


As a child learning history at school, I often wondered why the Roman Republic gave way to the Roman Empire. Had the people had enough of voting? Was this forced upon them? If so, why didn’t they revolt, especially given how awful emperors like Caracalla were? I mean, Caracalla was hated by most Romans for […]

Fall of the Roman Republic — Nicholas C. Rossis