Stigma at the time of an outbreak

The origin of the word stigma stems from the late 16th century. The word comes via Latin (stigmat) from Greek (stizein) translating to a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.1  Quoting history’s most popular space franchise’s legendary character, Yoda – ‘Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate and hate […]

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Lessons from Lockdown

Lessons from LockdownI have to self-isolate “shielding” because I am on high dose steroids to control temporal, hopefully it will also be temporary, arteritis. After a life of frenetic activity, it was a shock to realise that an imposed physical slowdown also allowed a mental slowdown,  allowing for an “on the thought” time for reflection […]

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The Doctor will not Touch You – clinical medicine at a juncture(Abhijit Das)

We are currently going through a cataclysmic event in modern history. The SARS-Cov-2 pandemic has struck with an unprecedented global scale and ferocity: within a span of 6 months, the virus has infected more than 6 million people and continues to spread unabated around the world. This extraordinary pandemic has brought in one definitive paradigm […]

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Torn between two countries: On being an International Medical Fellow during a global pandemic (by Dr Revathy Krishnamurthy MD and Dr Archya Dasgupta MD))

The global healthcare system is currently facing an unprecedented challenge in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, propelling medical workers into the frontlines. The personal lives and professional careers of medical students, residents, fellows, and staff have been altered in many ways and to different degrees, each gearing to assume elevated roles and responsibilities.  The International […]

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Stopping the tide of Covid 19 by lockdown: India (Dr. Manas Pratim Roy New Delhi)

Since December, 2019, coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid 19), originated from Wuhan, China, has rapidly spread across the globe, as evident by declaration of this latest threat by World Health Organization as pandemic in March, 2020. With exponential surge in morbidity and mortality, the world is witnessing the rampage by Covid 19. As on 19th April, […]

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What makes Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) challenging compared to other Coronavirus pandemics? (by Sai Krishna Gudi))

Within no time, Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has emerged as an outbreak, then as an epidemic, and finally now as a pandemic. However, Coronavirus (CoV) is not the first-ever occurrence as it was initially discovered in the 1960s, and since then, several types of CoV were identified amongst which Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-CoV (SARS-CoV) and Middle […]

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Beauty is the eye of the beholder.

efore the advent of photography artists were employed to illustrate classical facial appearances of medical conditions such as Down’s Syndrome. Some facial appearances like scars, cauliflower ears, and broken noses may suggest certain sports. Other attributes like smiling or frowning might suggest personality traits. Wearing of glasses might increase impressions of intelligence, ill performed or ill-advised […]

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