A Complication

Last week a patient presented with one of the complications of operation for gall bladder stones in my emergency. Fifty five year old female was referred from a private hospital about 100km in the interior following development of jaundice. She was operated about a month and a half back for Cholecystitis with cholelithiasis by Laparoscopic […]

Dhoni and team win Twenty20 World Cup

The enthusiasm and expectation for the today’s final was palpable. The streets were uncharacteristically empty and by the time the finals started in Johanessburg in the evening traffic became very smooth. ( I know because i was on road while everyone else was glued to their television. I did catch the end though 😉 ). […]

New CPR technique

This months issue of American Journal of Emergency Medicine describes a new method of resuscitation by abdominal compressions only. As is quite well known CPR by itself is not very effective: succeeding in only a percentage of patients when instituted. The purpose of study was to determine the amount of coronary perfusion obtainable with OAC-CPR […]

Making a diagnosis

Automated programmes capable of diagnosis and suggesting further investigations or workup is just waiting in the wings. I suppose this is one of the initial events in that direction. You want machines second-guessing you? by ZDNet‘s Dana Blankenhorn — But what if insurers start trusting the software over the physician, using it to question a […]

Me no Doctor!

This here is a very interesting question from a pre-med who is sure he isn’t made out to be a doctor- I don’t want to be a doctor!- This has been further picked up and taken apart word by word and then some at the Sepia. I think everyone goes through these phase of life […]

Doctor’s Factory ?

It is a fact that a large number of Indian medical graduates leave India for abroad. US is the prefered destination followed by UK and Australia. Do you think that they should be barred from going out? The present Health Minister does think so. After the recent fracas and then strike by residents in AIIMS […]

Res Ipsa Loquitur

Doctor left a towel inside me, says 65-year-old. and from msn Leaving behind instruments and gauze pieces after operation is certainly not a healthy practice. Besides being an extra burden for the patient; the doctrine of Res Ipsa loquitor applies with regard to negligence by the medical practitioner. Ordinarily acts of omission and comission need […]

Good news for me

Now this is a welcome news for me. Published in this months Hepatology In an meta-analysis of 10 studies reviewed by Dr. Francesca Bravi from Milan’s Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri” and colleagues included 2,260 cases of HCC. Collectively, the results showed a 41 percent reduction in the risk of liver cancer (or hepatocellular […]

A Case of Intestinal Perforation

So this 24 year old is brought by his relatives and neighbours at 2.00 am on a hot muggy july night. He was having fever for last 15 days and complains of increasing pain in abdomen since last five days. He was looking worse than before so they brought him to the hospital emergency. The […]

President retires.

President A P J Abdul Kalam is remitting office today. I really admire his enthusiasm for work and the fact that he made himself so approachable. He brought grace and respect for a position which is largely ceremonial in Indian Republic. Hear what Rajdeep Sardesai has to say about him. He may be belittled by […]