Journals-Articles

AAROGYA DHARSHANA

Holistic Definition of Heath, stressing that even social health is as important as physical health-spiritual health of sharing and caring, while ………………….

ADMINISTRATIVE CULTURE

Culture is what one does when no one is looking.Administrative culture, therefore, is what the administrator does when no one is looking. What are my qualifications to write this piece?…….

AFFLUENT WEST AS A GLOBAL THREAT TO HEALTH?

The heading might raise a few eyebrows but, the truth, however unpleasant, has to be told in this instance since the health of the future generations of this planet in the next century is in real danger……………..

AGEING GRACEFULLY

One does not have to abhor aged people at all. I do not agree with Shakespeare. One could grow up gracefully and……

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD

India is shining. I could not agree more. Our foreign reserves have touched the all time new high….

An Indian Dream

Think! Why do millions around us still live in squalor and abject poverty struggling to bring up …………….

ANTIBIOTIC CRISIS

Nearly seventy years ago, when Alexander Fleming and Prof……………..

ARE WE BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

“Time has come” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things-cabbages and kings…”We could now add to this list diseases …………

ARE WE BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE?

What worries me is the recent news item that when the doctors in Israel went on strike in March 2000, death rate fell significantly in Jerusalem city, while it did not change in the coastal city if Netayna, where doctors worked as usual…………………………..

ARE YOU EATING RIGHT

On the face of it this looks like a silly question. This is the most profound question ……………….

ARYAN INVASION OF INDIA-MYTH Vs REALITY

Man has been fighting man all through the history of mankind. It is almost reaching a point where man is ready to eat man. There…………..

ASPIRIN AND HEALTH

There is a great enthusiasm now among the informed public that every adult should take a daily small dose of aspirin to keep ……………..

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A SMALL CAR.

My ancestors came from Japan. I was born in Gurgoan near Delhi. When I came onto the Indian roads there were only the old dilapidated cousins of mine who traced their roots to distant Italy or England. ………………….

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF DIABETES MELLITUS.

I am not a disease. I am only an abnormality of glucose (sugar) metabolism in the human body with associated changes in other functions. …………….

AYURVEDA-THE MOTHER OF ALL MEDICAL WISDOMS

Ayurveda (ayush=life; vid=wisdom-Sanskrit) is said to be the most ancient of medical systems. The ancient Vedic tradition, cognized by the Great Indian …………….

BATH FOR THE MIND.

All of us take bath daily, may be even twice daily, to get rid of the dirt, grime, germs and the all the unwanted things from our body’s outer surface to keep ourselves healthy………………..

BATH FOR THE MIND.

All of us take bath daily, may be even twice daily, to get rid of the dirt, grime, germs and the all the unwanted things from our body’s outer surface to keep ourselves healthy. …………………….

BIOLOGY’S HOLY GRAIL- CURIOUS MEDICAL STUDENT’S NOTEBOOK.

Has biology, the mother of modern medicine, found its Holy Grail, leave alone drinking from it? As a medical student at the Stanley …………….

Bird ‘Flu Threat

This is another type of influenza. The symptoms are runny nose, headache of varying severity, body aches and pains, high fever, with or without pneumonia presenting as cough and breathlessness with scanty sputum…………….

CARDIOLOGY IN THE MILLENNIUM.

Heart diseases became big news in the twentieth century. As with many other areas of modern medicine, hi-tech cardiology has been the main till-mover in the medical world, especially in the fee-for-service system……………………

CARDIOLOGY IN THE MILLENNIUM.

Heart diseases became big news in the twentieth century. As with many other areas of modern medicine, hi-tech cardiology has been the main till-mover in the medical world, especially in the fee-for-service system…………………

CERTAINTY GENERALLY IS ILLUSION.

The author of this article1 on NSAIDs makes a point about calcium channel blockers, as a class, having been found to have had some serious side effects in the earlier ………………

CERTAINTY GENERALLY IS ILLUSION.

It was Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. who wrote that “certainty generally is illusion and repose is not the destiny of man.” How true?……………………..

CERTIFICATES OF DEATH WITH A DIFFERENT LABEL

Recent trials of the newer cholesterol lowering agents have revealed for certain one thing. These drugs do alter the label on the death certificates of ………………..

CERTIFICATES OF DEATH WITH A DIFFERENT LABEL

Recent trials of the newer cholesterol lowering agents have revealed for certain one thing. These drugs do alter the label on the death ……………….

CHAOS – A NEW SCIENCE

Whereas all the theories in biology emphasized study states and equilibrium the new theory of Chaos deals with non-linearity, ……………….

CHAOS – A NEW SCIENCE

Whereas all the theories in biology emphasized study states and equilibrium the new theory of Chaos deals with non-linearity, ………………………

Cholesterol and blood pressure role in modelling questioned.

The modeling regarding ‘deaths postponed’ from cardiovascular causes is incomplete since it does not consider total mortality. …………….

CHOLESTEROL GHOST EVERYWHERE

This white, powdery, odourless and waxy substance does not even have any taste, but causes so much trouble for almost all those who have the habit of reading today’s health magazines………………..

CHOLESTEROL GHOST EVERYWHERE

This white, powdery, odourless and waxy substance does not even have any taste, but causes so much trouble for almost ………………

CHOLESTEROL GHOST EVERYWHERE

This white, powdery, odourless and waxy substance does not even have any taste, but causes so much trouble for almost al…………….

CHOLESTEROL GHOST EVERYWHERE

This white, powdery, odourless and waxy substance does not even have any taste, but causes so much trouble for ………………………..

CLONING MYTH Vs REALITY

This is the era of science and technology. It reminds me of the time, centuries ago, when mysticism and religion were holding sway over men and matters. ……………………….

CLONING MYTH Vs REALITY

This is the era of science and technology. It reminds me of the time, centuries ago, when mysticism and religion were holding sway over men and matters………………………

CLOWNING CARE UNITS IN HOSPITALS. (NEW CCU’S)

Since 1991 the Le Rire Medecin (Laughing Doctors), a group of 28 people, have worked very closely with other members of the health teams in the hospitals in France…………………

CLOWNING CARE UNITS IN HOSPITALS. (NEW CCU’S)

Since 1991 the Le Rire Medecin (Laughing Doctors), a group of 28 people, have worked very closely with other members of the …………………………..

COCOANUT OIL-IDEAL FAT NEXT ONLY TO MOTHER’S MILK.

Up until the 1930s every American food manufacturer used only cocoanut oil in food preparation. Palm oils had to be imported as little cocoanut grew in the US…………………..

COCOANUT OIL-IDEAL FAT NEXT ONLY TO MOTHER’S MILK.

Up until the 1930s every American food manufacturer used only cocoanut oil in food preparation. Palm oils had to be imported as little cocoanut grew in the US…………………….

COME ELCETIONS AND THE DEADLY JOKERS ARE ON THE PRAWL AGAIN.

Bad things happen in society because of good people who do not act to prevent them happening. Come elections, anywhere in the …………………..

COMMUNAL HARMONY.

Communal disharmony in the society is a social disease. This needs to be probed into very deeply to look for the aetiologic factors and then we, as a……………………

COMMUNAL HARMONY.

Communal disharmony in the society is a social disease. This needs to be probed into very deeply to look for the aetiologic factors and then …………….

CONTROLLED STUDIES-KEEP THE WINDOWS OPEN

Time evolution in a dynamic system, like the human body, depends on the total initial state of the organism. Any alteration in the initial state need not hold good as time evolves.1……………………..

CONTROLLED STUDIES-KEEP THE WINDOWS OPEN

One need not despair. There is a ray of hope in the ancient Indian system of medicine, Ayurveda, wherein human beings are grouped into major …………………..

CONTROLLED STUDIES-KEEP THE WINDOWS OPEN

Time evolution in a dynamic system, like the human body, depends on the total initial state of the organism. Any alteration in the initial state need not hold good as time evolves…………………

CONTROLLED STUDIES-KEEP THE WINDOWS OPEN HERACLITUS Time evolution in a dynamic system, like

One need not despair. There is a ray of hope in the ancient Indian system of medicine, Ayurveda, wherein human beings are grouped into ………………

CORONARY ANGIOGRAM IS NOT THE DIAGNOSTIC GOLD STANDARD: PLEA FOR PARSIMONY.

Almost every American has some degree of blocks in the coronary arteries, avers a recent editorial in a leading medical journal………………….

CORONARY ANGIOGRAM IS NOT THE DIAGNOSTIC GOLD STANDARD: PLEA FOR PARSIMONY.

Almost every American has some degree of blocks in the coronary arteries, avers a recent editorial in a leading medical journal……………………

CORRUPTION-THE NEW EPIDEMIC.

The curse of corruption is felt in every circle. We are told that this new epidemic is spreading like wild fire in India in every sphere of activity;……………….

CORRUPTION-THE NEW EPIDEMIC.

The curse of corruption is felt in every circle. We are told that this new epidemic is spreading like wild fire in India in every sphere of activity;………………..

COULD WE SEND GOD ON A LONG LEAVE?

A few years ago when Ian Wilmot, at the Rosalind Institute in Edinburgh, produced the first cloned sheep, “Dolly”, by electrically fusing one of the ………………………

COULD WE SEND GOD ON A LONG LEAVE?

A few years ago when Ian Wilmot, at the Rosalind Institute in Edinburgh, produced the first cloned sheep, “Dolly”, by electrically……………………..

Counter Think

Every thought is a thing, so say many quantum physicists. Therefore, if you want to get anything you must be able to think first. Today in the world of “science” no body is permitted to think! Even if you write a ……

DARING HEROES OF THE DISTANT PAST.

Our younger generation in medicine looks up to the present day divine interventionalists and the heroic surgeons, who are all over …………………..

DEADLY NOSOCOMIAL INFECTIONS.

“Every year 5,000 patients in hospitals in Britain die from an infection acquired after they were admitted. Up to 100,000 more – almost one in ……………

DEEP DOWN MEDICAL SCIENCE IS SHALLOW.

The conventional research in medical science, better called statistical science, is all redcutionist and is based purely on the bio-medical …………….

DEEP DOWN MEDICAL SCIENCE IS SHALLOW.

The conventional research in medical science, better called statistical science, is all redcutionist and is based purely on the bio-medical model of disease. ………………………

DEMOCRACY Vs DEMONOCRACY.

Mankind has been here for well over nine hundred thousand years in fifty thousand generations. However, man started living in groups on …………..

DEVELOPMENTAL HUMANISM.

Any activity on this planet must consider man as the centre point. This concept is called humanism. Humanism is a neologism. If the …………………..

DISASTER MANAGEMENT.

Human life on this planet is an adventure and a gamble. One has to face life as it comes; disasters are but natural consequences of this kind of existence. It is not ………………………….

DISEASE INVENTIONS.

This is a very strange world. Man is built to last by Nature as long as he lives. Diseases are only accidents. The medical …………………….

DISEASE IS AN ACCIDENT.

Accident is an unexpected, undesirable event, especially one that results in injury, damage, or death. Diseases are also unexpected and undesirable events in one’s life……………….

DISEASE IS AN ACCIDENT.

Accident is an unexpected, undesirable event, especially one that results in injury, damage, or death. Diseases are also unexpected and undesirable events in one’s life…………………..

DO WE NEED MORE DRUGS FOR HYPERTENSION?

The question of therapy in medicine comes after the diagnosis. The most difficult diagnosis in medicine is the diagnosis of hypertension………………………

DO WE NEED NEWER ANTIHYPERTENSIVES?

The million-dollar question in hypertension is the problem of diagnosis. In my opinion there is nothing called essential hypertension. Every single patient with …………………………..

DOCTORS ARE FALLIBLE!

In the highly litigious society that we are in today, any mistake committed by doctors is dragged to the courts and the usual yardsticks of justice are applied here as well. By and large, when mistakes ……………………..

DOCTORS’ DHARMA. (Medical Philosophy)

Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Sir, beloved Director, Faculty members, parents of the graduates, guests, and the rightfully proud graduates……………………..

DOCTORS’ DILEMMA

Medical information gets updated at a rate of 7% per month. Most of this is not worth knowing and some of it is downright useless, but the……………………

DOCTORS’ DILEMMA

A thinking doctor will have a great dilemma in the midst of all the medical claptrap that is being sold to the gullible public. Most of what ………………..

East meets the West.

“India suffers today in the estimation of the world more through the world’s ignorance of her achievements than in the absence or insignificance of these achievements “, observes H W Rolinson. …………………………..

EAT FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND BE HAPPY.

The idea of writing about fruits and vegetables came from reading a book recently by an ……………………………………..

Editorial Coronary Angiogram is not the Diagnostic Gold Standard: Plea for Parsimony

Most blocks have been there from our childhood and are innocuous. They stimulate the growth of multiple collateral vessels that naturally, bypass the blocks. This, to a great extent, applies to other races as well; only the degree varies. Recent studies have ………………..

Editorial Coronary Angiogram is not the Diagnostic Gold Standard: Plea for Parsimony

Most blocks have been there from our childhood and are innocuous. They stimulate the growth of multiple collateral vessels that naturally, bypass the blocks. This, to a great extent, applies to other races as well; only the degree varies. ……………….

Editorial New interventional procedures

In contrast to pharmaceuticals, new surgical and other invasive procedures often enter clinical practice without assessment of their safety and efficacy……………………..

Editorial New interventional procedures

In contrast to pharmaceuticals, new surgical and other invasive procedures often enter clinical practice without assessment of their safety and efficacy. ……………………………

Editorial New interventional procedures

EDUCATION IN INDIA.

The 68 year old frail Swiss educator, unkempt and not shaven, walked up to Tsar Alexander I of Russia, who, after defeating Napoleon’s army, had set up a make shift headquarters in Basle……………..

EDUCATIONAL SCENARIO IN INDIA TODAY.

Professor James Tooley of the Newcastle University has been studying the educational pattern in India for some time. He has an advice for ……………..

ELECTORAL REFORMS.

EUBOXIC MEDICINE.

EVIDENCE BASED OR EVIDENCE BURDENED MEDICINE?

Modern medicine, with all its hi-tech and claptrap, is still following the outdated linear mathematics. Human body is dynamic and is never ………………..

EXAMINATIONS IN SCHOOL AND HUMAN HEALTH.

I was thrilled to read the recent report that examinations and ranks are, to be abolished up to the age of fifteen years of a child’s life, beginning from 2002……………………………

Exercise for CMAJ

Man is made to work; if he works hard, in the old fashioned way, he does not have to do any exercise to keep himself fit.1 unfortunately, the “so-called” ………………………..

EXERCISE- SENSE Vs NON-SENSE.

One of my old students, a retired professor of medicine in Kerala Govt. service, came to see me the other day. They retire early in Kerala. He was morphologically ……………………….

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER.

I once glanced through an editorial in The Lancet entitled Could Epidemiologists Cause Epidemics?1 Stimulating title indeed! As I read on I could feel my ………………………..

Face of God

Has God got a face? Is there someone who has seen the face of God? I am told that scientists, especially physicists……….

FACTS AND FICTION ABOUT ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO SMOKE.

A good friend of mine, an American citizen of Indian origin, Dr. Anirudh Srivastava, used to smoke like a chimney. ………………….

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored!

Aldous Huxley didn’t write the above golden line for nothing. Today we see this happening in every field. I was amazed to ………………

FEAR IS THE KEY.

This week saw two very important publications in the medical scientific press. PLOSmedicine.com is the only medical journal on line which is totally free. ……………………………..

FILARIASIS ERADICATION–NEW GROUND BREAKING RESEARCH

There were hectic governmental efforts recently to push diethy-carbamazine citrate (Hatrazan) down every ……………………………..

Final copy. HAS SCIENCE LOST ITS HEART?

My recent article on science and its fallouts was published with a very provocative heading by the ………………………………

Final copy. GENES, DREAMS, AND REALITIES IN HYPERTENSION.

Just as people believe that there is a pill for every ill, we have been hoping that with the unravelling of the …………………………….

FINAL VERSION OF CRITICAL CARE-CORRECTED

More than ninety per cent of the American health care budget goes to keep patients alive in critical care units during the last ten days of their lives. ………………………………..

FOOD-GENE MISMATCH.

We have been hunter-gatherers for millions of years before we settled down as groups (society today) on ………………………..

FROM DISEASE-CENTRED TO PATIENT-CENTRED MEDICAL EDUCATION.A PARADIGM SHIFT-PLEA FOR SANITY.

“If you listen to your patient long enough, he/she will tell you what is wrong with him/her,” wrote Lord Platt, a great British brain in ……………………..

FUTURE MEDICARE SYSTEM

Modern medicine has become prohibitively expensive. It is going to be still more so with newer technology ……………………………..

GENES, DREAMS, AND REALITIES.

Mankind, or for that matter, any other living organism on this planet, has its basic unit, the gene, inside each chromosome, in every cell. There is a total of about 10 ………………………………

GENES, DREAMS, AND REALITIES.

The popular press seems to have a hay day reporting all kinds of exciting possibilities, some ……………………………………

Genralists Vs Specialists

Our new doctors do get a reasonably good western type of education within the four walls of the medical college hospitals where only 0.01 …………………………….

GOD FORGOTTEN – MAN SLEIGHTED.

This is the era of science and technology. It reminds me of the time, centuries ago, when ……………………………..

GOOD CARDIOLOGY-TIME FOR AN AUDIT

Modern cardiology, claimed by the usual claptrap to be very scientific, has many loopholes that need to be plugged for the good of humanity at ……………………………..

GRUDGITIS

Grudgitis is not a neo-logism. It could evoke curiosity. People would easily understand appendicitis or colitis, ………………………..

GUIDELINES GALORE, NO GUIDANCE!

One more guideline! There are already six or more guidelines. When computed together they cover less than half of the hypertensive population in their inclusion criteria. ……………………….

Has Cardiology Lost its Heart?

Cardiology has progressed from a purely bed side effort at diagnosis and management to that of hi-tech interventional stage………………….

HAS CARDIOLOGY LOST ITS HEART?

Let us first examine the basic sciences, the foundation of our clinical cardiology. Ever since …………………………………..

HAS SCIENCE LOST ITS HEART?

My recent article on science and its fallouts was published with a very provocative heading by the editors that got me so many hate letters in ……………….

HATRED BEGETS HATRED.

Wars are born in the minds of men. It is always dangerous to leave the war to the generals alone just ………………………………..

HAVE A HEART.

Hardly a day passes without some big doctor in Delhi, Calcutta, or Bombay proclaiming to the world that…………………………

HEALTH BENEFITS OF EXERCISE.

How true! God never meant his machine to be mended by ordinary mortals. It was made with built in mechanisms …………………………….

HEALTH CARE IN INDIA.

India is more than a country. It is a vast continent with diverse ethnic, religious, and social classes of people living in harmony……

HEALTH CARE Vs MEDICAL CARE

Health care is a word mostly misunderstood and used in place of palliative medical care…….

HEALTH CARE-REACHING THE UNREACHED

Health care is a word mostly misunderstood and used in place of palliative medical care. The two are poles apart……

health economics

Congratulations, Dr Amartya Sen! You have done us proud. May God shower his choicest blessings on you…..

HEALTH PROMOTION

We seem to have a distorted view of health care in India. We have the health ministries ……………………

HEALTHY BATH

Having had my Deepavali bath this morning, I realized, for the first time, that the subject of bathing, a very common ………………………

HEALTHY INDIA 2020

India has been doing well lately in the economic field. The signs of a good future are there in the distant horizon……………………

HEART SURGERY-THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN.

The whirlwind that started after a Pakistani child had her hole in the heart closed in Bangalore some time …………………

HIGHER EDUCATION IN INDIA.

In an elegant book The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom, a social philosopher, shows how the ………………………..

HIGHER EDUCATION Vs BUSINESS (In the light of WTO)

The world has narrowed to a neighbourhood; but it would take a long time for it to broaden to ………………………….

HISTORY OF ASPIRIN

Treatment of diseases by natural drugs, especially those from herbs, goes back to the dawn of history. ………………………………..

HOLISTIC LIFE STYLE CHANGES FOR WELLNESS.

Illness and wellness are two sides of the same coin. Man is born with all the necessary ………………………

HOLISTIC MEDICARE – INTEGRATED THERAPY APPROACH

With the advent of modern hi-tech medicine, the rich in the world are made to believe that one can not exist without the help of ……………………..

HORMESIS-ONE MAN’S MEAT IS ANOTHER MAN’S POISON.

Hormesis is the stimulation of any system by small doses of an agent which, in the larger doses, harms the same system. …………………..

HORMOSTRESS

The word stress brings on goose pimples in most of us, as we associate the word stress with all that is …………………………

HOW MIGHT THE BENEFITS OF AYURVEDA BE COMBINED WITH MODERN MEDICINE?

Ayurveda, the science of life, (Ayu=life; vid=science) is a part of the ageless Vedic heritage of India. Speculations about its origin go bac………

HOW MIGHT THE BENEFITS OF AYURVEDA BE COMBINED WITH MODERN MEDICINE?

Ayurveda, the science of life, (Ayu=life; vid=science) is a part of the ageless Vedic heritage of India. Speculations about its …………………

HOW MIGHT THE BENEFITS OF AYURVEDA BE COMBINED WITH MODERN MEDICINE?

Ayurveda, the science of life, (Ayu=life; vid=science) is a part of the ageless Vedic heritage of India. Speculations about its origin ………….

HOW SAFE IS HI-TECH MODERN MEDICINE?

Not a day passes without our media, both in print and electronic, praising modern medicine and its……

HOW TO AVOID MODERN MEDICINE

The heading should not delude anyone to think that modern medicine is poison and should be avoided. One ……………..

HOW TO AVOID MODERN MEDICINE.

The heading should not delude someone to think that modern medicine is poison and should be avoided………

How to make God laugh–tell Him about your future plans

Woody Allan poetically pointed out the fallacy in our predictions as above. Prof. WJ Firth, in his excellent………………..

I NO DRINKEE FOR DRINKEE;I DRINKEE FOR DRUNKEE.

Alcohol is a powerful addicting drug which has multitude of actions inside the human system;………..

IDEAL FOOD HABITS FOR HEALTHY LIVING.

While it is impossible to say that a particular food is good for a particular individual, one could reasonably………

IN DEFENSE OF HOMEOPATHY.

A recent editorial in the leading medical journal, The Lancet 2005; 366: 690-692 and 726-732 of 27th……………

INAUGURAL ADDRESS APICON JANUARY 2006. PATNA.

Honourable Chief Minister of a very important state of Bihar and a roundedly educated Engineer Statesman……………..

INDIAN CULTURE AND THE MODERN MEDICAL SCIENCE

Culture is difficult to define. There would be some that would disagree with any watertight definition, in any………..

INDIAN HOLISTIC VIEW

Another mid-term election is on the cards. The greedy headstrong politicians, who are down right ………..

INTELLECTUAL TERRORISM.

w is the era of terrorism of all kinds. Most of them come under the category of physical harm to the …………

INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY.

When the editor asked me to write an article on Interventional Cardiology, I attempted that with …….

INVERSE-CARE LAW.

India lives in its far flung, nearly six lakh, villages. Agriculture is our backbone. Villages are our future …………….

IS ACADEMIC MEDICINE FOR SALE?

Hold on! Before you want to hang me for writing this article, please note that the heading is …………….

IS ARTIFICIAL HEART A REALITY?

British Medical Journal of the 12th August 2000 carries the exciting news item that the first artificial heart had ………..

IS CANCER A DISEASE?

The title does tickle, doesn’t it? Does it make you think? If it did, my job will have been well …………

IS ETHICAL BUSINESS PRACTICE POSSIBLE IN A CORRUPT WORLD?

Moral code is all that keeps the tidal wave of greed at bay. With the present climate of amoral social norms,………………

IS THE PRESENT MEDICAL EDUCATION RELEVANT TO INDIA’S NEEDS?

Medical education in India has undergone very little change since its inception in 1857 by the East India Company in the three medical

IS THE WORLD FLAT?

It was in the year 1492 AD that Christopher Columbus left the shores of Spain in search of a new sea route to India with the hope that the………………………………….

IT IS NOT WHAT YOU EAT THAT KILLS YOU; IT IS WHAT EATS YOU THAT KILLS YOU.

Eat one must, to live. Eating and oxygen in the breathed in air continuously run this dynamic human ……….

JOYS AND SORROWS. (Job Stress Management)

Every job in this world comes with its in-built joys, and associated sorrows. It is only that person who could look at both……………..

JUMPING GENES HYPOTHESIS.

Common man is daily bombarded with complicated data on the human genome and genetic engineering…………………

LEPTOSPIROSIS. (Weil’s Disease)

There is a scare about this “new” disease; the media is carrying all sorts of frightening information about this disease. It is reported in northern……………..

LESSONS FOR LIFE

The conventional schooling system rarely equips the child with the realities of life……………………

LET’S LEAVE THE WELL ALONE

“Time has come”, the Walrus said “to talk of many things-cabbages and kings….”…………………..

LIFE EXPECTANCY VERSUS HEALTH EXPECTANCY.

Modern hi-tech medicine claims that it has increased human life expectancy. In fact, the life expectancy……………………..

MATTER OF THE MIND.

Where is the mind? Never mind! What is matter, then? No matter. This was the idea of modern……………………

ME NO DRINKEE FOR DRINKEE, ME DRINKEE FOR DRUNKEE

The above caption of a Chinaman’s tale is lifted right out of Bertrand Russell’s wonderful book The Conquest of Happiness. ………………………………

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES IN DENTAL PRACTICE.

The greatest blow to the welfare of the patient has been the recent tendency, in the last fifty odd years, to demarcate health care systems into different specialties……………………….

MEDICAL SCIENCE AND BEDSIDE MEDICINE.

One would wonder in the beginning as to why the title seems to suggest that the two are different! Common …………………….

MEDICAL SCIENTIFIC DELUSIONS

Today science means technology associated with it and the resultant money that accrues from all that. So much…………………………

Medical Teleology

Positive sciences do not answer the question, “why?” They could, at best, answer “how” or “how……………………..

Medical Teleology

Positive sciences do not answer the question, “why?” They could, at best, answer “how” or “how much”………………………

Medical Teleology.

Positive sciences do not answer the question, “why?” They could, at best, answer “how” or “how much”. One …………………….

Men trip not on Mountains, they stumble on stones.

I am confused by this debate. The researcher who is now opposing the use of aspirin for prevention is the …………………………..

MENTAL OBESITY.

Increase in body weight disproportionate to the height, with excess fatty deposits under the skin,……………………

MGM Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

MGM Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

MIND OVER MATTER (SUBTLE IS THE KING)

Medicine was accepted as a scientific discipline in the twelfth century in the European Universities. Naturally,…………………..

MIND OVER MATTER (SUBTLE IS THE KING.)

Medicine was accepted as a scientific discipline in the twelfth century in the European Universities. Naturally,…………………………..

MITRAL VALVE PROLAPSE SYNDROME.

The name is very familiar now but was not known before the late sixties and early seventies. With the ………………

MODERN HI-TECH MEDICINE

Modern Hi-tech medicine has become prohibitively expensive. 62% of upper middle class Americans cannot afford health insurance………………

Modern Medical Delusions

We, in the medical field, try and give an impression to the public and the powers-that-be that all is well with modern…………………….

MODERN MEDICAL RESEARCH-TIME IS RIPE FOR ITS AUDIT.

Modern medicine abounds in research, mostly repetitive. Original articles on research findings pour into the literature at……………..

MODERN MEDICINE AND ANCIENT INDIAN WISDOM.

Modern medicine started five thousand years ago on the banks of the river Nile as magic, sorcery, witchcraft, and mumbo-jumbo. It has developed over the years into what is now called the scientific modern medicine…………………

MODERN MEDICINE AND ANCIENT INDIAN WISDOM.

Modern medicine started five thousand years ago on the banks of the river Nile as magic, sorcery, witchcraft, and mumbo-jumbo. It has ……………….

MODERN MEDICINE AND QUANTUM PHYSICS.

Biology, in general, is still in search of its Holy Grail, leave alone drinking from it! Medicine is still to go a………………..

MODERN MEDICINE-A BOON OR A BANE?

In the Greek mythology of Pandora, Prometheus arrives too late to close the box, opened by his brother……………………..

MODERN MEDICINE-THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN.

Modern medicine started as an art nearly five thousand years ago: en route, it got the label of “science”, around………………………..

MODERN MEDICINE: A TRICK OR A TRADE?

The British Medical Journal dated 2nd August 2002 has a very interesting editorial by the editor, Dr. Richard Smith himself. MY letter to the editor in the same issue runs like this:…………………..

MOTHERS, BABIES AND KILLER DISEASES.

Thanks to a dedicated community nurse midwife in Hertfordshire County in England, Ethel Margaret…………………

MOUNTAIN COMES TO MOHAMMET: DISEASE INVENTORS.

Mankind suffers from some of the modern medical interventions that are, in essence, not for the good of the hapless people………………….

NANI ARDESHIR PALKIVALA.

Born in Bombay in modest surroundings on the 16th January 1920, Nani rose to be one of the greatest sons of India and a Jewel in her crown…………………

NANOTECHNOLOGY.

Medical profession needs to have an idea as to what nano-technology is all about and how…………………..

NANOTECHNOLOGY.

Nanotechnology, a method primarily of molecular manufacturing, for the creation of tools, materials and machines that might eventually enable us to…………………

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

It is very difficult to define science. Many have defined science in their own way, but none of those are satisfactory…………

NATIONAL HUMAN OBLIGATIONS (DUTIES) COMMISSION.

Let us empower the powerless in this country to make this country great. We have the National Human Rights Commission which is doing its work with diligence……………..

NE PLUS ULTRA

The medical fraternity, aided and abetted by the giant pharmaceutical industry, believes and propagates the idea that mankind cannot remain healthy or win over illnesses…………..

NEED BASED MEDICAL EDUCATION.

This is an attempt to look at our present day medical education from within, after nearly four decades of, I hope, fecund involvement……………

NEED FOR A PARADIGM SHIFT IN MEDICAL PHILOSOPHY.

“Time has come” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things-cabbages and kings….” Time, really, has come to talk of an urgent need for a paradigm shift in the medical ………………….

NEEDLESS INTERVENTIONS IN MEDICINE.

All that glitters is not gold is an old, but true adage. Cardiac interventions, heading the list of many such…………………….

NEW LIGHT ON THE FISHY MEAL.

Science is change. There is nothing in science called the truth. Each time it is a truth which could change with newer data………………………

NEW LIGHT ON THE FISHY MEAL.

Science is change. There is nothing in science called the truth. Each time it is a truth which could change with newer data. This is the ………………………………

NEW VIRUS HOLDS OUT NEW HOPE FOR AIDS PATIENTS!

A harmless virus, which is common in the population, GB Virus C or Hepatitis G virus, discovered about six years ago, is seen to allow AIDS patients to live much longer by slowing the progress of the disease AIDS…………………

OLD WINE IN A NEW OPAQUE BOTTLE!

Who is a well man? The present day answer would be “the one who has not come in contact with the modern medical establishment.”………………..

ON DOCTORING BUSINESS DEALINGS

Monetary economy has been anything but a boon to mankind. Rather, it is only after the monetary economy became the rule mankind has been suffering all kinds of ills…………………..

ON DOCTORING.

I do not remember why I wanted to be a doctor in the first place, but doctor I did become like any one of you and was as proud and …………………….

ON DOCTORING.

Should I say how badly does the present medical education needs drastic changes to be socially relevant? A………………………….

OUR BIOSPHERE

If one stretches one’s imagination a bit too far, one would realize that the whole bio-sphere, the so called earth,………………………….

OVERDOSED AMERICA.

The caption is a borrowed one! The medical world is full of uncertainties for the common man. Lay people………………………..

Philosophy of Healthy Living.

This world is a difficult place and life is not a bed of roses. Problems and difficulties are an integral part of life……………….

PICK UP THE SIGNAL FROM THE NOISES.

Time was when diseases and dying progressively came down in all the developed countries. Ireland, for example,………………………

PILLS THRILL BUT COULD KILL

All our drug studies have major flaws. Recent revelations about antidepressants causing more suicides in the recipients and the COX2…………………….

PLEA FOR A PARADIGM SHIFT IN THE SCIENCE OF MEDICINE

I am so much impressed by the response of Dr. Herman Jeggles from South Africa that I thought I should write more elaborately on………….

PLUS ULTRA.

One full-page article in one of India’s leading dailies, in its health section, caught my attention while travelling the other day……………..

Poor pay for their poverty with their lives!

Until and unless the lowest of the low get the bare minimum needs of existence there is no meaning in……………………….

POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK.

During the freedom struggle, a young lady was arrested by the British police while picketing for the Quit-India Movement in 1942………….

POWER OF PRAYER

I was thrilled to witness a rare phenomenon happening in the holy city of Varanasi on the Mahashivaratri night………………………

PRIMUM NON NOCERE (FIRST, DO NO HARM)*

It is time to ask the question if Hippocrates was right in proclaiming the above dictum* for all future followers of his craft?……………….

PROBLEMS IN THE EVIDENCE OF EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE.

The oft repeated statement that the incidence of coronary artery disease is going up exponentially in the immigrant population (as also in others) needs further scrutiny………………………

PROF.U. L. ACHAR’S AUTOBIOGRAPY.

What is history but the life history of men and women who had contributed to this world’s progress,” wrote Bernard Shaw years ago…………………..

PURUSHASHRESHTA-NANI PALKIVALA.

Nani Adirsher Palkivala was not an individual but an institution. If the future generation looks for a role model………………………

QUANTUM PHYSICS AND MODERN MEDICINE.

Doctor sees a patient to give him/her therapeutic advice as well as prognosis. Would you be surprised if……………………….

Ramakrishnan was Bhavan, Bhavan was Ramakrishnan End of an era! – A Tribute

This is not a political cliche – it’s neither for garnering votes nor for procuring any favours thereof…………………………

RATIONAL USE OF DRUGS.

Doctors who believe that there is a pill for every ill, based on their education in the medical school using……………………….

RESEARCH IN MEDICINE

“My very long life has taught me one thing for certain. Our science looks like child’s play when compared to the wonder that this world is,” wrote Albert Einstein…………………….

SCEINCE NEEDS ONE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE

Language problem is at the root of all our scientific ills today. At this rate science will die a natural death when society loses faith in science………………………………

SCIENCE Vs SCIENTISM.

Science and scientific temper simply mean curiosity. They are efforts to get to know the secrets of Nature……………………………

Science and Spirituality.

The war in Iraq is not yet over, it smolders at a slower pace. For a change this time round it was a shorter course of human destruction. One could say……………………….

SCIENCE AND THE TOWER OF BABEL.

I was saddened reading this morning the New Year week edition of the British Medical Journal………………………

SCIENCE FOR DEVELOPMENT – INDIAN EXPERIENCE.

Science is curiosity. Trying to understand the working of this nature is the main concern of science. Using the……………………..

Science is what scientists do

What is science? Science is what scientists do. Everyone from the Ph.D. holders to the journalists seem to know the …………………………..

SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND HUMANISM.

The war in Iraq is over, next one would be in Syria, America says. For a change this time round it was a shorter course of human destruction……………………………….

SCIENTIFIC LOOK AT MODERN MEDICAL SCIENCE

Science is the curiosity to unravel the mystery surrounding many unknown aspects of this world. Many a time this is interpreted as………………..

SCIENTIFIC LOOK AT SCIENCE.

A Dutch scientist so beautifully put the simple truth that science is what scientists do in his own language thus: “Watenchap is wot watenchoppers doen”. The hypothesis…………………….

SCIENTIFIC SUPERSTITIONS.

The word superstition is used here to mean reverence for, or belief in, principles which are not worthy of worship…………………………

SECRETS OF HEALTHY LIVING.

Man is built to last by Nature and, as such, has an in-built wisdom, which tries to correct most deviations from the……………………..

SECULARISM OF THE GENUINE VARIETY.

Time is absolutely right to talk of many things, at the present juncture in our country, which is going through one of the most………………..

SERENDIPITY TO SURREAL

Science and the scientists are the ones that are supposed to take this world and mankind forward according to the conventional thinking……………………………

SESQUIPEDALIA VERBA.

One should only open any of the articles in some of the present day newspapers and magazines to see how the English language is being abused and misused relentlessly…………………….

SOCIETAL DHARMA.(OBLIGATIONS)

Man started living in groups, mostly on the banks of rivers, close to fertile ground. This is the beginning of the present concept of a society………………………

SOLOMON VICTOR-SURGEON OF THE HEART

While he was at the helm of affairs at the Madras Medical College, Solomon realized that the poor and the downtrodden did not have any one to help them in this world. He left service…………………..

SPIRITUAL EDUCATION.

The caption might raise a few eyebrows especially of those that think that spirituality is connected with religions…………………………..

STRESS Vs DISTRESS.

The word “stress” brings on goosepimples in many of us. There are courses and symposia on stress management measures all over the country and even abroad…………………………………

STRESS MANAGEMENT For Hyderabad University.

The word stress brings on goose pimples in most of us, as we associate the word stress with all that is bad……………………………

SUBTLE IS THE KING-MIND OVER MATTER

Medicine was accepted as a scientific discipline in the twelfth century in the European Universities. Naturally……………………

SUGAR HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DIABETES?

“Sugar has nothing to do with diabetes,” opined Richard Kahn, the chief medical and scientific officer, of the……………………………….

TEACHER AS AN INDICATOR.

“Art,” wrote Henry David Thoreau “is that which makes another human being’s day”; that which, in some…………………

THE ART OF LIVING.

Life is a challenge, it is a gamble, and uncertainty is its only certainty. However, life is to be enjoyed……………………

The disease called “Diagnosis.”

The title is from the German book “The Disease Inventors” by Jörg Blech, original in German, translated by my friend, Herbert Nehrlich, a family physician in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, especially for my use………………..

THE FINE ART OF LIVING.

Living is an art, a fine art at that. “ Art is that which makes the man’s day,” said Henry Edward Thoreau………………………….

THE FINE ART OF MEDICINE AND ITS OUTDATED “SCIENCE”.

The art of medicine, that which makes the quality of the hapless patient’s day, should be the primary universal ………………………….

The Man Who Wouldn’t Die!

Who has not heard of the famous writer, Art Buchwald? He has a story to tell the medical world. He is in a hospice now, having opted…………………

THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE WORLD.

Wars are born in the minds of men. We see the dark clouds of war hovering above our heads these days,………………………….

THE PATIENT THAT CHANGED MY LIFE.

One learns everyday in life as life is the best school. “No one can teach anyone anything that………………………..

THE SCIENCE OF ASTROLOGY.

This Universe follows one simple law and that is that there are no absolute opposites. The opposite of truth need not always be untruth. There could be a via media in all cases…………………….

THE SCIENCE OF MEDICINE AND ITS FINE ART.

“Time has come” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things-cabbages and kings…” We could now add to this list………………………..

THE SCIENCE OF MEDICINE NEEDS A QUANTUM JUMP.

Mankind has been here for well over 500,000 years in about fifty thousand generations. Medical men must also have been there for that length of time…………………………

The Stethoscope Song.

Paris was in the forefront of new medical awakening and afforded golden opportunities to ambitious physicians in the eighteenth Century…………………………

THE STORY OF PENICILLIN. (Serendipity to Surreal)

Penicillin, as an antibiotic, was the first great breakthrough in medical research to win a battle between man and germ………………..

THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH.

This hopes to give you suggestions that you might need for a sensible way of living to attain health and happiness as long as you live. Disease is an accident. ………………….

There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.

I think your ruminations about the name of the journal and its role in future is timely as the world has shrunk into a small neighbourhood. However,……………………

TO DO OR NOT TO DO- DOCTORS’ DILEMMA.

“Knowledge” said Karl Popper ” advances NOT by repeating known facts, but by refuting false dogmas”. ………..

TOBACCO GIANTS WIN A DECISIVE BATTLE IN COURT.

In an unusual, but unfortunate, ruling the US Supreme Court in a 5-4 majority judgment in March 2000, delivered in the court by the senior judge,………………………

TRANSFORMATION OF SOCIETY THROUGH EDUCATION

Does society need transformation? It is a million dollar question that begs more questions than answers at the moment……………………

Tricks of the Trade

My book on Hypertension-the other side of the Coin was published in 1993 by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai. This book has a foreword by a leading British hypertensinologist………………….

TRUTH WILL TRIUMPH.

When I first conceived the clinical pharmacology unit for Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, where I was the Dean in the early 90s,……………………….

ULTRA- SCIENCE.

Progress is looking at the same thing from different angles………………..

UNCERTAINTY IS THE ONLY CERTAINTY

Richard Smith, the editor of the British Medical Journal, was lamenting, in one of his recent editorials,………………………

VILLAGE SCHOOL AS THE PROMOTIVE HEALTH UNIT (PHUs)

Healthy India would certainly be a wealthy India with its all round progress. Rounded development of an individual, and……………….

VILLAGE SCHOOLS AS PRIMARY HEALTH CENTRES.

India lives in its villages, of which there are nearly six hundred thousand in all. Clusters of a few villages have the present Primary Health Centres (PHCs)……………………..

WALK AWAY AND FEEL BETTER.

Man is made to walk and not to sit and talk! Like any other aerobic exercise viz: swimming, cycling, and…………………

WANT TO MAKE A FAST BUCK?

In the present day world of monetary economy making money seems to be our only religion and money is, of course, our God………………….

WATER AND HUMAN HEALTH

This planet is mainly a mass of water and only a small portion of it is land. Despite all that only a minute share of water in the planet (2.5%) is potable……………………..

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE; NOT GOOD TO DRINK!

Writing about drinking water! What rubbish? That would be your first reaction. Wait to think a bit about the less fortunate people in this world. More than eighty per cent of the ………………………

WAVELET ANALYSIS OF HEART RATE VARIABILITY. New Method of Studying the Heart’s Function

Conventional electrocardiogram is the sum total of the millions of cardiac cell depolarization potentials………………

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

In the Greek mythology of Pandora, Prometheus arrives too late to close the box, opened by his brother Epimetheus,…………………

WHAT AILS HIGHER EDUCATION IN INDIA?

Higher education in India, nay in many parts of the globe, suffers from many ailments, but the most important are the following………………

WHAT AILS MODERN MEDICINE?

Modern medicine has been undergoing constant change, based on the need from time to time; keeping…………………….

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda (Ayu(Sanskrit)=life; vid or veda= wisdom or science) is the science of life practised time out of mind in India. …………………..

WHAT IS YOGA AND WHAT IS NOT YOGA?

Yoga Shastra, the science of Yoga, first enunciated by Sage Patanjali, is one of the greatest contributions of India to the world,…………………………..

WHAT SHOULD BE THE SCIENCE OF THE FUTURE?

Anything that man does on this planet should be guided solely by the holistic interest of mankind. Science so far has been …………………

What Swarajya means to me

Political independence that we got from the British is not the real swarajya that I have in mind, as the change………………….

WHEN IT IS DARK ENOUGH YOU CAN SEE THE STARS.

The health care needs of the elderly will be a great burden on the budget of not only the industrialised west but also of the developing countries with infant……………….

WHEN SHOULD ONE SEE THE DOCTOR?

The heading should not delude someone to think that modern medicine is poison and should be avoided…………

WHERE IS AN INDIAN?

During my tour of this country I always ask people who they are? I am yet to get any one who said that he/she was an Indian………………….

WHERE IS THE MIND? NEVER MIND!

That is true of the mind as well. People have been trying to fix the mind, like all other cellular structures of the human anatomy, to a particular organ…………………..

WHO AM I?

The present educational system gives our young children basically an external, objective, and intellect based…………………….

WHY DO PEOPLE SMOKE?

Smoking is both a fashion among the youth as also an addiction in others.

WHY I WRITE WHAT I WRITE?

My daughter always asks me why I write what I write. She is very critical of my quoting US statistics to prove my point in any article…………….

WOMAN, MOON AND MENSTRUATION.

What a combination? We have studied in human physiology that a woman starts monthly bleeding from the…………………

“JUSTICE IS INJUSTICE AND JUSTICE IS THE CONVENIENCE OF THE POWERFUL.”

This was the law in Greece at the time of Socrates. He tried his best to let people know that this was wrong ………………………

“WHOLE PERSON HEALTH SUMMIT 2005 AND THE SECOND QIGONG SUMMIT 2005 IN WASHINGTON DC.”

Nanotechnology, a method primarily of molecular manufacturing, for the creation of tools, materials and……………………………


NOBILITY OF THE NOBEL PRIZE.

How noble is the Nobel Prize? I was pleased to read in one of our English dailies an open letter written by ten noted physicists to the Nobel……………….

ALL THINGS FLOW NOTHING ABIDES

From heart surgery to prostate care, the medical industry knows little about which common treatments really work. The signs are not very encouraging…………….

1. YOUR HEALTH IN YOUR HANDS-OSTEOPOROSIS

The health of any individual is, to a large extent, in the hands of the individual himself/herself. Of course, this statement does not take into consideration the genetic inheritance……………………………………

CHAOS-A NEW SCIENCE OF NON-LINEARITY.

Nature has a reason for everything, but man’s reasoning may not be able to understand that. The present day positive sciences can never answer ……………

CHAOS-A NEW SCIENCE OF NON-LINEARITY.

Nature has a reason for everything, but man’s reasoning may not be able to understand that. The present day positive sciences can never ……….

(MIS) TRUST.

Confucius told his disciple, Tsze-Kung, that there are three vital things for any King or Government: food, weapons,………………….


A PIECE OF MIND

I shall give you a piece of my mind to help you get some peace of mind. All writings on esoteric matters like meditation, God and philosophy are shrouded in mystery and couched in unintelligible sesquipedalia verba…..