First, do no harm

Oh My God!

Western practice of Medicine traces its origins back to Greek Medicine which required every doctor to take an oath called Hippocratic Oath, swearing to practice in accordance with certain norms of morality and ethics. Hippocrates was the first known Greek physician and the oath is named after him. Following are the excerpts from this oath:

I will use those dietary regimens which will benefit my patients according to my greatest ability and judgement, and I will do no harm or injustice to them.

I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.

In purity and according to divine law will I carry out my life and my art.

I will not use the knife, even upon those suffering from stones, but I will leave this to those who are trained in this craft.

Into whatever homes I go, I will enter them for the benefit of the sick, avoiding any voluntary act of impropriety or corruption, including the seduction of women or men, whether they are free men or slaves.

Whatever I see or hear in the lives of my patients, whether in connection with my professional practice or not, which ought not to be spoken of outside, I will keep secret, as considering all such things to be private. (Source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/greek/greek_oath.html)

Hindu mythology refers to divine twin horsemen doctors named as Ashwini Kumars, as referred in Rigveda. Further in the mythology it is said that  ‘vaidyo narayano harihi‘, which means that the doctor is equal to God. It is believed that since God can not come personally to heal, he sends his chosen ones to heal those suffering from pain.

The Ethics committee of Medical Council of India appears to have delving to initiate probe into the issue of corrupt practice by certain renowned Doctors which has been reported as under:

It is alleged that the three experts (Dr Randeep Guleria, Professor of medicine, All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS); Dr Satish Lahoti, KBN medical College, Gulbarga (Karnataka) and; Dr Appoorva Mukherjee, RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata) based in three different places allegedly sent almost identical letters of recommendation for the drug Clevudine. ……….. These doctors wrote that clinical trials were not even required for the drug. “Is it sheer co-incidence that doctors, sitting miles away from each other, gave opinions on a drug which is word-by-word identical,” ………. “There is adequate documentary evidence to come to the conclusion that many opinions were actually written by the invisible hands of drug manufacturers and experts merely obliged by putting their signatures. ……… They went out-of-the-way to give unsoliticited advice, in identical language, to the DCGI to give permission to the company to market the drug without conducting mandatory clinical trials in India,” the committee said.

In another case, seven doctors from different cities are believed to have given opinion over a drug which, the committee said, was banned abroad. The doctors allegedly involved in this case were: Dr Kalpana Ernest of CMC Vellore, Dr Bansari Goswami of NS Medical College Hospital, Kolkata; Dr D Arvind Kumar and Dr B Prahlad of Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad; Dr Pramod Kumr Mallick of SCB Medical College, Cuttack; Dr Satish B Dharap of LTM Medical College and General Hospital, Mumbai and; Dr Promila Pandhi of PGIER Chandigarh. (http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_dna-special-the-shocking-medical-scam_1688378)

BTW the above drug Clevudine, has been discontinued in other countries due to its side effect which cause myopathy (muscular weakness) in patients.

If we seek treatment from any of these doctors we should be beware that in all probability we are guinea pigs with pockets and these doctors are businessmen/women with the sole objective to accumulate money; even at the cost of human life. So these Gods are not worth it. Just pseudo Gods. Oh My God!

© Sandeep Bhalla

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