Posted by: Neeraj | August 30, 2008

The Doctor

God made man with the intent of creating it equivalent to all the other animals. But unsatisfied as he is, man decided to straighten up first not liking to be considered equivalent to apes and then worked continuously towards discovering new depths in his brains and innovating to constantly redefine the saturation limits of improvement. That is what made us distinctly different – our brains; what we could not do with our hands we did it with our brains making machines that could do things hundred times better than hands. So if God created mountains, man discovered dynamite to blow them up and make roads, if God created oceans, man discovered ships to traverse the waters and if God created disease man made the Doctor.

With the power to heal, the Doctor became a small God unto itself. The ability to produce children every time he copulated made mankind grow exponentially. Compound that with the profound desire to prolong his life, newer diseases on the horizon and a very complex human body, it was but natural that the Doctor would always be a rare and highly revered species.

The Doctor to his credit really tried to stay human but with all his patients regularly expressing gratitude, most of them overtly and some covertly, he was reminded that he was the next best thing to God, and he ultimately succumbed to the lure and began to suffer from the megalomania. In his hundreds of interactions with his patients daily he started treating them differently. A lot of how he treated them depended on the time of the day, the color of his mood and the availability of time. Slowly, as he began to become more successful and powerful (as a consequence) he forgot that he needed to maintain a checklist for everything he did so that two people suffering from the same problem did not end up being treated differently, that he needed to give them the same level of attention and that he needed to constantly upgrade his knowledge which is what elevated him to that platform of God.

Much of it happened because the Doctor wanted to fulfill the social need to maintain a minimum standard (threshold of minimum standard being much higher than ordinary humans) and still live the life of an ordinary human (getting married and having children and taking care of their future) and complacency. Without realizing he was, but naturally, out of control of his time and life.

The human God has disintegrated. Today he is hardly accountable, he does not like to be questioned on his decisions, does not even like to explain his actions and his brand equity is low.

Oh Doctor! How I want you, at least, to be more human and compassionate because not only medicine, love heals too.

PS: This comment is on the state of the profession in general and should not be taken as a comment on the whole community. I know of a few Doctors who try really hard for the well being of their patients.

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Responses

  1. Helloooo………. i was looking forward to a new post and what a delight, this was a great read. i totally agree with all you’ve said and will do all i can to not let the power go to my head ( i promise πŸ˜€ ). what you mention here, about docs being more compassionate and relatable is exactly what uni’s try to look for in candidates that apply to do medicine. there is actually a whole scheme that the GMC (general medical council) run called Tomorrow’s Doctors that is all about this sort of thing.
    ………………….i am looking forward to the next post already…………………….

  2. Thanks Sid. When I wrote this post there was a small piece of you too (your image in my mind I mean) which i used as inspiration to write this. If it helps the young-round-the-corner doctors like you to become great human beings along with great doctors it will be the greatest claim to fame for this post.

  3. After long last, another thought to chew upon… of course, you are right.

    One of the things I find most irritating with doctors (at least in India) is their lack of willingness to explain in detail what they are doing with our bodies.

    Actually, that’s not the most irritating. The most irritating is when they take it as an affront to themselves when a question is put to them to explain their decision.

    Well, I guess they are like girlfriends/wives: Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

  4. And you know they carried out angioplasty on my mother and refused to give the CD with details of the state of the heart after the operation and the funny part was that it was the hospital’s policy not to divulge details. In the process they conveniently forgot the details related to my mother’s body and not to the medical fraternity.

  5. wow …………… i feel so honoured that i was in your thoughts when you wrote this πŸ™‚

    i recommend that this post be framed and put on the walls of all doctors to remind them what being a doctor is all about.

  6. My advise is that you should grow so much in stature that you occupy all the mindspace that people are willing to share and the real achievement would be then when these people know you only through your deeds and not through your relations

  7. Munna Bhai MMBS πŸ™‚

    But its not only in case of India that doctors do this. Houston is medical hub and I met a doctor here last year and was discussing something like this. The doctor was of India origin and I was taking his course. He told me that as medical care is expensive in US these things happen more. Money sometimes decide if needy should get an open heart surgery or the person who does not need it should be operated.

    Health insurance is bad, company just doesn’t want to pay you with some terms and conditions. You don’t want to get sick here πŸ™‚

  8. *Munna Bhai MBBS ( My mistake)

  9. I would like to slightly disagree as my own experience with most doctors has been pleasant. And if you know what questions to ask I have seen they do not shy away from answering. But again, thats my personal experience. Well written Neeraj, well written!

  10. A novel Fatal Cure by Robin Cook is all about doctors, good and bad.

  11. Very true, I feel that you have expressed my emotions through your write up. I have also recently suffered a lot due to my doctor’s greatness and my heart bleeds whenever I am reminded of the torture and pain caused due to loss of health, time, energy and mental peace. I wish the Medical Fraternity had more sensitized doctors who could treat our bodies with a little humanity and not consider us as mere objects for experiment. Still we have no choice but to rely on them with a grin. Very well written.

  12. Thank the Doctor we should as pain makes a man stronger and that is what the Doctor’s job is. So he inadvertently did just that.

  13. isnt it natural that the Doctor feels this way. Surely it is human nature as money (and power) are the root of all evil. what else can be expected from a person who routinely controls the lives of others and is in charge of what happens to them, isnt that the greatest power of them all, so what if they succumb to a little godliness, doesnt it result from the fact that we put our lives in their hands in the first place.

    just thinking from the point of view of a doctor and trying to think how he would defend himself πŸ™‚

  14. isnt it natural for this behaviour to be expected, it is human nature as we all know that too much money (and power) are the root of all evil.

    doctors routinely are in control of the lives of others and are in charge of what happens to them. the power to control ones life is the biggest power of them all. surely this can only result in a deminour that a patient would consider godlike.

    in a way some doctors may consider themselves as messiahs because we entrust our lives to them in our most difficult hour, when we are weakest, isnt it gods job to look after us then?

    so we as patients, who complain when we are not treated well by these messiahs, are only inflating their oversized heads even more when we give them willingly, the power, respect and authority that only the almighty can demand.

    *just thought it would be fun to see how a doctor would defend himself πŸ™‚ *

  15. isnt it natural for this behaviour to be expected, it is human nature as we all know that too much money (and power) are the root of all evil.

    doctors routinely are in control of the lives of others and are in charge of what happens to them. the power to control ones life is the biggest power of them all. surely this can only result in a deminour that a patient would consider godlike.

    in a way some doctors may consider themselves as messiahs because we entrust our lives to them in our most difficult hour, when we are weakest, isnt it gods job to look after us then?

    so we as patients, who complain when we are not treated well by these messiahs, are only inflating their oversized heads even more when we give them willingly, the power, respect and authority that only the almighty can demand.

    *just thought it would be fun to see how a doctor would defend himself πŸ™‚ *

  16. isnt it natural for this behaviour to be expected, it is human nature as we all know that too much money (and power) are the root of all evil.

    doctors routinely are in control of the lives of others and are in charge of what happens to them. the power to control ones life is the biggest power of them all. surely this can only result in a deminour that a patient would consider godlike.

    in a way some doctors may consider themselves as messiahs because we entrust our lives to them in our most difficult hour, when we are weakest, isnt it gods job to look after us then?

    so we as patients, who complain when we are not treated well by these messiahs, are only inflating their oversized heads even more when we give them willingly, the power, respect and authority that only the almighty can demand.

  17. hey…. i didnt mean to post the same thing 4 times above, it happend by mistake. πŸ™‚

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