In The News: National Doctor’s Day: Let’s Wish Our Well-Wishers!

July 1 is celebrated all across India as National Doctors’ Day in memory of the legendary physician Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, a Bharat Ratna awardee and to pay honor to the entire medical profession. “The role of a doctor is to remove the miseries and save the life of a person and that is one reason most of us think that a medical doctor has been given designation equivalent to that of God or a Messenger of God” – says Dr.Muthuswamy Balasubramanyam, Dean of Research Studies & Senior Scientist at the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), Chennai, India.

Medical profession is the noblest profession

Medical profession is the noblest profession. Doctor’s Day in India was established by the Government of India in 1991 to be recognized and celebrated every year on 1st of July as National Doctors day. National Doctors’ Day observance fulfills a need to show the doctors and physicians in our lives how important they are and how invaluable their treatments are that treat and cure us.

A significant Day for Doctors

Doctor’s Day is an important reminder for doctors to take this opportunity to reflect on their career and remind them about practicing the art and science of Medicine in an ethical manner. Doctors in India since Vedic time have been equated to God. This has continued even today even after modern medicine has taken over. No other profession whether it is priest, lawyers, judges, politicians, occupies the same status as that of the medical doctors. Majority of doctors in our country are sincere, honest and ethical. However, due to unethical practices by a small percentage of doctors, there is also a declining faith in the medical profession. It is precisely this loss of faith that has resulted in patients even ‘consulting a consultant’ in order to find an appropriate ‘consulting doctor’- says Balasubramanyam. Although there is deterioration of ethics in just about every walk of life, Medical Ethics is mandatory for ever doctor. Greed, lack of regulation, lack of accountability, lack of firm laws and a lenient society is allowing unethical trials to flourish in India but doctors can stop this.

Time to Reinforce Faith and Trust

Both patients and doctors need to work together to re-establish some of the lost trust, and there could be no better day than Doctors’ Day to reinforce the unique relationship between the doctor and patient. Just a reminder for the doctors on the important component of Hippocratic Oath – and that is to ‘keep the good of the patient as my highest priority’. It should be reinforced that doctors are a set of amazing human beings who choose this profession selflessly to make a difference to the lives of fellow human beings with utmost medical care accompanied by accountability in medical ethics.

Medicines treat diseases, but only doctors can treat patients -holistically”. It’s you……Happy Doctor’s Day!!! – concludes Balasubramanyam.

Balasubramanyam photo Dr.M.Balasubramanyam, PhD., MNASc., FAPASc is Dean of Research Studies & Senior Scientist at the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) in Chennai, India. Dr. Balasubramanyam's specialization is in Disease Biology; Molecular pathogenesis of diabetes and its vascular complications including diabetic retinopathy; Vascular Biology and signaling studies on VSMC; Clinical significance and subclinical relevance of cellular and molecular alterations in metabolic diseases; Mechanisms of accelerated senescence (ageing) and telomere biology; Insulin signaling & Proteomics; Epigenetics; RNAi and miRNA, gut microbiome aspects of diabetes, Unraveling mechanisms of hyperglycemic memory, Calcium & Redox signaling, Proinflammation, Oxidative stress, ER stress, AGE pathway and biomarker(s) identification; Role of Endocrine Disruptors in diabetes; Bioprospecting herbal molecules; Non-invasive point-of-care (POC) clinical measures and medical devices.
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