History of Medicine · Medicine & Doctors · Public health

Inviting doctors and patients to share experiences and thoughts

A project on the history of the patient-doctor relationship in contemporary India: My name is Kiran Kumbhar. I am an MBBS graduate from BJ Govt Medical College, Pune (2010), and have previously worked in Pune, Ratnagiri, Mumbai, and Delhi as medical officer and non-PG resident doctor. Currently I am a PhD student at Harvard University,… Continue reading Inviting doctors and patients to share experiences and thoughts

History of Medicine · Medicine & Doctors

The medical gaze / clinical gaze concept by Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault is well known to researchers and readers in several fields, esp sociology, anthropology, history, and philosophy. Many of his ideas also have to do with another field – medicine – though most doctors, nurses and other healthcare practitioners, at least in my home country India, have hardly heard about him. To be sure,… Continue reading The medical gaze / clinical gaze concept by Michel Foucault

History of Medicine · Medicine & Doctors · Public health

Understanding healthcare and medicine in India – by going above and beyond conventional sources

I am a medical doctor currently studying the history of medicine and medical anthropology (PhD). After graduating (MBBS) in 2010, I worked as medical officer and resident doctor in some hospitals, both government and corporate, for four years, and then worked as a research assistant at the Public Health Foundation of India for a few months… Continue reading Understanding healthcare and medicine in India – by going above and beyond conventional sources

Medicine & Doctors · Politics · Public health

Why Indians need to abandon the ‘Gujarat model’ style of thinking

Recently the Maharashtra state govt hiked the user charges and fees in government hospitals. In a country where more than 60 million persons are pushed below the poverty line because of healthcare expenses and many millions more have to take huge loans, government hospitals raising their fees – while at the same time government employees… Continue reading Why Indians need to abandon the ‘Gujarat model’ style of thinking

Medicine & Doctors · Public health

Targeting doctors and hospitals is an unproductive ‘solution’ for unnecessary C-sections – it is time we enlisted them as partners

This was published in The Swaddle on October 1 2017. Here is the link and below is an extract: The government, having already displayed interest in addressing this issue, must arrive at an evolving strategy through a general consensus of patient advocates, doctors, nurses and midwives, public health experts, and social workers. It could begin… Continue reading Targeting doctors and hospitals is an unproductive ‘solution’ for unnecessary C-sections – it is time we enlisted them as partners

Medicine & Doctors · Public health

Why the MTP Bill 2014 favors AYUSH docs and nurses as abortion providers

This was published in The Swaddle on September 3. Here is the link, and below is an extract. “One way to do that is to expand the number of trained abortion practitioners. Women in India undergo unsafe abortions for several reasons, but a major factor is the unavailability of safe and legal abortion services in most… Continue reading Why the MTP Bill 2014 favors AYUSH docs and nurses as abortion providers

Medicine & Doctors · Public health

India’s efforts to make medicines affordable for citizens

This was published in The Better India on June 13 2017. Here is the link, and below is an extract: “Looking at the bigger picture, it is important that India does not stop here, but that we aim for prioritizing and making, at the soonest, all healthcare services (and not just generic medicines) accessible and affordable for all… Continue reading India’s efforts to make medicines affordable for citizens

Culture & Life · Medicine & Doctors · Recommended movies, books etc.

WIth patients in India getting increasingly impatient with doctors, Paul Kalanithi’s memoir invites us to pause and think

This was published on May 15, 2017 in theWire.in. Here is the link, and below is an extract. The much-loved and much-reviewed When Breath Becomes Air is a unique autobiographical work by US neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, a terminally ill doctor-turned-patient who died at age 36… It is useful reading for both the general public and… Continue reading WIth patients in India getting increasingly impatient with doctors, Paul Kalanithi’s memoir invites us to pause and think