Five Little Monkeys

The Toddler has discovered singing. She has two singing styles: crooning gibberish in a sing-song voice, and shouting random words from the lyrics of songs she knows. Both are hilarious....more

Black diabetic kids aren’t getting needed eye exams. Is medical racism to blame?

 Credit: KzAkabueze – ONEin12...more

Doctors and Jane Austen

The daytime soap opera 'Doctors' recently spent a whole week of episodes based on the works of Jane Austen, using a patient with selective mutism who lives in her own fantasy world as Lizzie Bennet of Pride and Prejudice fame for the Monday and Tuesday instalments, titled 'Austenland', with other books such as Northanger Abbey and Emma dealt with later in the week. Lizzie (and Emma, the two characters seem to be merged) are played straight which makes a strange disconnect with the usual hospital shenanigans....more

What Not to Say in a Doctor's Office Visit

I am not a physician but I work for a hospital and have worked in doctor's offices, too.  I visited many types of physicians and interact with all types of healthcare professionals.  This is not a blog to compliment or criticize healthcare, but just a friendly guideline of what has worked for me.  It feels like an exercise of social interactions or testing their competency....more

I Should Have Been a Doctor

I know my mother would have been happy, (not that she’s upset because I’m not), but I think most of us would agree that it’s still seen as a profession to aspire to.However, I knew very early on, that the doctor thing really wasn’t going to work out. I did better in the subjects of English language and literature, history and geography, while physics, chemistry and biology gave me a rash. Math class was cause for an instant headache and I always felt like a deer in the headlights when Mrs. Hughes would give out those squares of paper signaling a round of mental arithmetic....more

New Health Studies: Woman vs. Machine

Two new health studies seem to have opposing views on how patients receive the best healthcare....more

Perils of Pauline, er, Mar

Getting old is certainly not for sissies. I am at it again. There has been some major, one sided, lower back pain that is so sharp it takes my breath away. I figured it’s time to stop being a martyr,not that it gets me anywhere, and see about finding out what ‘s going on. ...more

At Work - April Fool

Gulsum Basheer A Rose is a Rose is a Rose? No, not on April Fools’ Day!I was working as a junior doctor at the Government Hospital at Chennai, in the Nephrology Unit. My chief was a dynamic person whom we all referred to fondly by his initials, JRR. He was as well-known for his clinical expertise as he was for his charisma. He treated everyone, from the ward boy to the nurses, to the students and the three assistants under him, with equal friendliness....more

A Vision To Heal Health Care

I once wrote a whole book that is yet unpublished called BROKEN: One Doctor’s Search For The Lost Heart Of Medicine. It’s still unpublished, but I now know the real reason – because my role is not just to raise awareness of how broken our system is, but to be a force for healing it....more