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Humanity

I work at a teaching hospital in a small district in India. Treating the sick is not only my job, but the kind of humanity that I believe in.

For this week’s photo challenge, I have attempted to put together few photographs of patients that we treated at our hospital. The quality of the photographs may not be all that great, but the satisfaction and happiness that those pictures give is unimaginable.

So here are a few snaps…

1. A 22 year old mother who couldn’t hold back her tears when she saw her child for the first time. Both of them were admitted in different ICUs following a operative misadventure. I was lucky to capture this pic at the right moment.

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2. This young man came with a bad lung infection which was eventually corrected by surgery. This ‘before’ and ‘after’ pic is the fuel that keeps us going. 🙂

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3. This picture shows an 83 year old with his grandson in the background. Neglected at home, this gentleman was brought to us in a very bad state. He had to undergo an amputation of his leg. And this pic was when he was being rehabilitated.

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I could probably go on and on. But each of these people have a story to tell, which is beyond the scope of this post! So, here is a collection of few other favourite patients…

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In response to Weekly Photo Challenge – Humanity

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10 lies in medical dramas that make us look cooler than we are..

Came across this very interesting post. All the medical TV series (however interesting and glamorous they are to watch) have built a certain steerotype of a medical professional. But the truth is that all physicians aren’t as smart as Dr House, nor good looking like Dr. Shepherd, nor as dedicated as Dr. Yang. We are normal people with a normal, albeit different, job.

I had myself thought of talking about this. But for now, this post summarizes the gist of my thoughts. 

Of scalpels, diapers and pinky-nude lipsticks.

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Medical dramas have more often than not been immensely popular on TV. The intense life and death stories, Adonis like surgeons, uber- competitive super- attractive residents, wacky patients, natural disasters, passionate hospital romances, never- ending drama…..

Keeps the viewers hooked ….

And propagates a ton of lies and half- truths!

They present a seriously distorted concept of what a surgeon’s life is like!

Of course there are times, when interesting, intense, exciting things transpire in the operating room or in the surgical wards. After all art does imitate life. But most days in the “office” for the surgeon are mundane and uneventful. Some days can be borderline boring even!

Here are the top ten lies/ myths about surgeons that is often dispersed on medicine/ hospital based TV shows:-

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