Of medical sense and sensitivity
- By: Sowmya Sivaranjini
Tears streamed slowly down her cheeks as she unsuccessfully tried to endure the blinding pain in silence. She was in her 60s and had come to the hospital for free treatment from a small distant village, by bus with no one to help her.
The professor demonstrated the clinical examination of a tender, diseased part of her anatomy. Each of my friends then practised examining her. More demonstrations and more practice elicited more painful cries.
She did receive compensation - some free drugs and more time to talk (long enough to clear her doubts) with the doctor. The latter is a rare privilege for patients such as her who come in their thousands to hospitals offering free or minimally charged care.
I chose medicine hoping to acquire the skills to alleviate pain. Job satisfaction was also a strong influence.
As freshers, not having witnessed the dissection of a frog before,