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Where have the family doctors gone?

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, JULY 28. Equitable health care and education, gender bias in medicine and the need for family practitioners were some of the points raised during a discussion organised here recently on present trends in the medical profession.

The discussion came after the release of microbiologist Saranya Nandakumar's book, `Whats up, Doc', by Girija Vaidyanathan, the chairperson of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.

According to the author, the book deals with the trials and tribulations doctors face in their careers and the ethical dilemmas that confront them in the 21st century.

Following the launch, various concerns raised in the book were discussed.

They included the need for improving the doctor-patient relationship, the brain drain which has resulted in some of the best doctors leaving the country and the need for more interaction between the doctor, the patient and the laboratory.

K.V. Thiruvengadam, retired professor of medicine at the Government General Hospital, Solomon Victor, cardio-thoracic surgeon and founder of the Heart Institute Chennai, Uma Krishnaswamy, surgeon and the author, a founder-trustee of the Jeevan Blood Bank and Research Centre participated in the discussion.

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