What’s wrong with death sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. Death is not the enemy gentlemen. If we’re going to fight a disease, let’s fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference.
- Patch Adams (in the movie) played by Robin Williams
Robin Williams, a brilliant actor who pulled off comic roles so naturally in Hollywood
Robin Williams in the movie Patch Adams
movies committed suicide earlier today. One of his better known movies, Mrs. Doubtfire for example, is known in our parts for its adaptation by Kamal Hassan in the Tamil movie Avvai Shanmughi or re-made in Hindi as Chachi 420. Continue reading
The medical establishment has become a threat to health
- Ivan Illich begins his book “Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis” (1975) with these lines
Going by recent events, Illich’s trenchant criticism of Western medical
Ivan Illich’s classic 1975 book “Limits to Medicine: The Medical Nemesis”. Clink image to download pdf of book
establishments is also pertinent to healthcare in India. First, there was Aamir Khan’s Satyameva Jayate TV episode on corruption in India’s healthcare sector, which provoked anger at the system and discomfort at (what some felt was) his sanctimonious treatment of the issue. Then, the entry, exit, and re-entry of an allegedly corrupt doctor, Ketan Desai, as head of the Medical Council of India
Comment is free, but facts are sacred
Thanks to the exceedingly good central government run website to file applications under the Right to Information Act (see end of this post for details), I got the opportunity to look at some useful data on implementation of large nationwide schemes. I have been trying to obtain data on such schemes across subjects, disciplines and departments with the objective of understanding what ails the management and utilisation of data in government services in India. Continue reading
I just came across a recent book on Indian mammals. Congratulations to the
Cover image from Flipkart. Click image if you really want to buy the book.
authors (M. S. Pradhan, S. S. Talmale), both from the prestigious Zoological Survey of India. I, for one would have bought it, if not for its fairly expensive pricing. It is priced at 4500. I hope, that by now, the authors have become aware of the bloopers on its outside cover though. Well, I hope they are bloopers, for I would find no good reason to illustrate a book of Indian mammals with African elephants on its cover! Continue reading
While scanning early literature on the acknowledgement of the complexity of organising and studying healthcare in societies, I got a bit distracted into my favourite pre-occupation of understanding early doctors. While the natural-history work (especially in British India; see Shyamal’s essay on Edward Balfour for example) had been an early pre-occupation of the military surgeons, there is also the early essays on deforestation and its effects coming from European colonialist doctors and physicians (see Richard Grove’s work on origins of western environmentalism). Continue reading