Sunday, September 1, 2019

Dear People, with Love and Care, Your Doctors (Heartfelt stories about doctor-patient relationship)

Book Review

Dear People, with Love and Care, Your Doctors by Debraj Shome & Aparna Govil Bhasker

Book Review: Dear People, with Love and Care, Your Doctors by Debraj Shome & Aparna Govil Bhasker | Dhiraj Sindhi
Dear People, with Love and Care, Your Doctors by Dr. Debraj Shomee & Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker

Author: Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker and Dr. Debraj Shome

ISBN: 978-9387146945 

Genre: Personal development (Non-Fiction)

Length: 294 Pages

Publisher:  Bloomsbury India (10th August 2019)

My Ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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About the author:

Dr. Debraj Shome is a surgeon, specialising in facial plastic surgery and facial cosmetic surgery. He is the co-founder and director at The Esthetic Clinics, which has multiple centres across India. Known for his breakthrough innovations in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Shome has received many awards. He has more than 55 research papers written in top peer-reviewed international publications along with a US patent to his credit for inventing the QR 678 hair growth formulation. He was the first recipient from Asia and the youngest globally to be awarded the prestigious Davies Foundation Grant Award by the Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow, in 2010. Besides clinical work, Dr. Shome is the Director of the Debabrata Auro Foundation.

Book Review: Dear People, with Love and Care, Your Doctors by Debraj Shome & Aparna Govil Bhasker | Dhiraj Sindhi
Dr. Debraj Shome

Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker is a bariatric and laparoscopic general surgeon and practices in the city of Mumbai. She is associated with Global, Currae, Namaha, Suchak and Apollo group of hospitals. She has multiple publications and numerous book chapters to her credit. She is the managing committee member of several surgical societies and has a keen interest in clinical research. She is the co-founder of Debabrata Auro Foundation.

Book Review: Dear People, with Love and Care, Your Doctors by Debraj Shome & Aparna Govil Bhasker | Dhiraj Sindhi
Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker


Structure of the book:

The best thing about the book is that His Holiness, the Dalai Lama has blessed the book with the foreword. He says “The treatment of an ailment doesn’t only depend on the medical expertise of a doctor; his or her warm-heartedness, care and concern for a patient is essential for the treatment to be effective.” This foreword presents the very need for writing this book and retain faith in the beautiful doctor-patient relationship. There is another foreword by Indian Medical Association.

This is an attempt by veterans and doctors with at least 30 years of experience in their respective fields to re-strengthen the doctor-patient relationship which was the pure bond, unaltered by the technological interference a few decades ago.

At the end of the book, there is a manifesto of doctor and patient rights which currently features on the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. And afterword by Dr. Rajas Deshpande and Dr. Jananee Murlidharan.

The chapters are structured to provide more information about the subject and the authors who have contributed to this book. The chapter starts with a thought or a quote by the doctor who narrates his or her experiences in a particular chapter. The editor Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker has added illustrations also to make it easy to understand the diseases when needed. The later part of the chapters contain respective doctor’s biography and ‘Did you know?’ part to enlighten readers with facts on the subject discussed in the chapter.

Doctors and patients have narrated various cases which they consider created perpetual memories to remember for the entire lifetime. I would like to pinpoint each big takeaway that I have learned throughout this book.

✔ The first and most important thing to assimilate: Doctors are not God. They are humans like us.

✔ While the book discusses successful and heart-warming cases, there are cases of failures as well which shows that a successful outcome is sometimes beyond their control.

✔ The book talks about the current scenario of the medical colleges of India. The difference between private and government medical colleges, and how that affects medical aspirants and the profession at large.

✔ It is equally important for patients to take responsibility of their health.

✔ Doctors may not show emotions but, they also suffer from depression and ‘burn out’ because of their taxing profession. The research shows that 30% of resident doctors suffer from depression and 17% of them contemplates suicide. That means we have to care about them also.

✔ While there are distasteful elements in every profession, medicine is not an exception, but we cannot blame whole profession because of that.

✔ There are two types of patients: Brave patients and Rouge patients. While the brave patients establish a warm doctor-patient relationship and have tremendous faith in their doctors, the rouge patients exploit doctor for their condition. In India, small politically supported groups exploits doctors and vandalise hospitals in order to waive off steep bills of surgeries and organ-transplant.

✔ Doctors also got the responsibility of their families and there would be so many instances when they have to make critical decisions in and out of their profession.

✔ There are a lot of diseases this book discusses, it will increase your medical vocabulary and would give much knowledge.

✔ In this technological era, where we are provided easy access to information, the doctor-patient relationship is put to test.

✔ The book also talks about the challenging situations, doctors and patients faces because of poor administration by the government. It demands change.

✔ How the money factor affects the purest relation of doctor-patient. Though the book showcases many acts of kindness by doctors.

✔ It spread awareness about the donation of brain-dead person’s organs for transplant.

✔ There’s no denying that the doctor meets the patient in their most challenging and devastating conditions. Which demands a bond of compassion, concern and care. Patients will need to be positive and have 100% faith in their doctors. And that altogether can fight the disease.

Well, these were the few points I could remember as of now, but there is a lot more to know about the doctor-patient relationship from the book. I would recommend everyone to read this book.

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