• Biswapriya Purkayastha
    Jun 25, 2018 09:47 AM

    Outlook seems to be getting a spammer invasion.

  • Biswapriya Purkayastha
    Jun 23, 2018 08:05 PM

    Back in the early 1990s, I was a student in the faculty of dental sciences, King George's Medical College (now University), Lucknow, which Outlook for reasons best known to itself persists in calling among the best dental colleges in the country. I recall very well that back then the Oral Surgery department used to collect, boil and reuse disposable syringes, over and over, until the needles were so blunt that the patient would cry out in agony because we had to stab their gum to make the needle go in to administer anaesthetic. We only got to use new syringes during examinations, when external examiners from outside the college would visit. The Pathology department, responsible for taking blood samples for smears and grouping, would reuse the same needle over and over, just pushing it into a pledget of cotton wool dipped in spirit between patients to "sterilise" it. I have myself watched, in General Surgery, patients compelled to carry boxes of equipment into the operation theatre before their surgery. I have watched more than one of those same patients being anaesthetised and the surgery then getting abandoned because the surgeon was in a foul mood and decided to abuse and berate the anaesthetist. And those were the relatively well run departments. In Paedodontics there was literally nothing. The parents of the patients, or else we students, would have to purchase filling materials, anaesthetic, even cotton wool ourselves. What do you expect from a medical system that is set up like that?

  • Biswapriya Purkayastha
    Jun 23, 2018 03:39 PM

    Back in the early 1990s, I was a student in the faculty of dental sciences, King George's Medical College (now University), Lucknow, which Outlook for reasons best known to itself persists in calling among the best dental colleges in the country. I recall very well that back then the Oral Surgery department used to collect, boil and reuse disposable syringes, over and over, until the needles were so blunt that the patient would cry out in agony because we had to stab their gum to make the needle go in to administer anaesthetic. We only got to use new syringes during examinations, when external examiners from outside the college would visit. The Pathology department, responsible for taking blood samples for smears and grouping, would reuse the same needle over and over, just pushing it into a pledger of cotton wool dipped in spirit between patients to "sterilise" it. I have myself watched, in General Surgery, patients compelled to carry boxes of equipment into the operation theatre before their surgery. I have watched more than one of those same patients being anaesthetised and the surgery then getting abandoned because the surgeon was in a foul mood and decided to abuse and berate the anaesthetist. And those were the relatively well run departments. In Paedodontics there was literally nothing. The parents of the patients, or else we students, would have to purchase filling materials, anaesthetic, even cotton wool ourselves. What do you expect from a medical system that is set up like that?

  • Rajneesh Batra
    Jun 23, 2018 12:13 PM

    “The ‘Cannibalism’ is again spreading it’s wings, this time under the ‘White Collars & Coats’.