BR #45 | Dear People, with Love and Care, Your Doctors | Debraj Shome & Aparna Govil Bhasker | Bloomsbury | ★★★★★

Book - Dear People, with Love and Care, Your Doctors
Author - Debraj Shome & Aparna Govil Bhasker
Publisher - Bloomsbury
Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) 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.

Dr Aparna Govil Bhasker is a bariatric and laparoscopic general surgeon and practises 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 is a collection of over thirty heartfelt stories about doctor-patient relationship. In a world where doctors no longer enjoy the reverence they once received from the masses, this book is a reminder of the struggles faced by doctors on a day to day basis. The stories serve to highlight the fact that doctors are more human-like than God-like. This book contains narratives from both doctors and patients and even doctors as patients which truly touch key aspects of the medical world and how it functions.

The foreword by His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, is apt considering the discord among doctors and patients during present times. While patients primarily complaint about the high cost of treatments, doctors too are bound by certain limitations of the system - whether they should work intuitively on saving lives and reduce cost without test result proofs or whether to work on the safe side of prescribing tests and thus increasing costs. In a country where a fraction of amount is spent by the government on healthcare, this book urges us to walk into the shoes of a doctor in order to witness what responsibilities truly entail in that profession. It is heart-warming to read the stories of triumph, failure, learning, experience, shock, and miracles throughout the pages. All the doctors who have contributed deserve appreciation for taking time out to write their stories.

This book will appeal to all doctors, patients and the public in general since doctors play an important role in all of our lives. So it is essential that we work towards a more understandable future for the majority of doctors who are empathetic and honest in their cause. While doctors deal with two of the most challenging evils - disease and death, it is important that we accept the truth that a successful outcome is sometimes beyond their control. Keeping in mind our own well being, cooperation, honesty, truth, and willingness of a healthy lifestyle is what truly benefits society.

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