Chennai, August, 2019: Celebrating the doctor-patient relationship that has long been revered as the most sacred, a group of illustrious and renowned doctors from across India and abroad haveauthored the first ever book on this divine relationshiptitled ‘Dear People, with Love and Care, Your Doctors’. The book is also unique in publishing the first Manifesto of Doctor and Patient Rightsin Indiaelaborating the rights and responsibilities of doctors as well as patients.
The book, published by Bloomsbury with a foreword from His Holiness, the Dalai Lamawas released by Dr. V Mohan, Chairman and Chief of Diabetology, Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centreand first presented to Dr.R.M. Anjana, Joint Managing Director, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre.
Speaking at the event, Dr. V Mohan said, “This book is one of a kind as it touches upon the doctors’ points of view and the many difficulties experienced by them. An ideal doctor is a friend, philosopher and guide to the patient’s family and not just a doctor.”
Dr. R. M. Anjana added, “Doctors play a very important role in the society. They are not just physicians or surgeons, but a well-wisher to patients and their relatives and this book beautifully captures the essence of this relationship.”
The editors of the book, Dr. Debraj Shome, eminent Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon & Co-founder and Director, Debabrata-Auro Foundation and Dr. Aparna Govil Bhaskar, Bariatric Surgeon as well asanother Co-founder and Director of Debabrata-Auro Foundation introduced the book giving a sneak peek into the world of medicine and motivating millions to maintain faith in the doctor-patient relationship.
Elaborating on the need for getting this book together, Dr Debraj Shome said, “We often hear discouraging stories of doctors being abused and hospitals vandalised. The narrative is gradually turning negative – a dismal reality for both doctors and patients. The book aims to bring back the focus on the unshakeable foundation of doctor-patient relationship through inspiring stories from the diaries of 30 doctors and 5 patients. These are stories of triumph, empathy, positivity, loss and, sometimes, failure. Likewise, it goes one step ahead, and captures the experience of people who surround a doctor – the mother of a doctor, a surgeon’s husband and an acid attack survivor. These stories underline that a doctor too is a human being after all. Hence, these stories are a source of motivation for everyone.”
Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker said, “Once upon a time, doctors were considered akin to God. The stethoscope was revered, and their healing touch was discussed far and wide.This book can be an answer to what may have gone wrong in a profession which, from time immemorial, has remained one of the most respected ones and may just inspire both the doctors and the rest of the world to re-strengthen the beautiful relationship. It is for the first time that there is a manifesto of Doctor’s rights being shared along with the Patient’s rights. This is a book on human interest stories, based on the Doctor-Patient Relationships. It’s an easy read and will be found touching and empathetic by patients and doctors alike.”
Prof Dr. S. V. Chittibabu, Former Vice Chairman, T.N. State Council for Higher Education, 99 years old who has successfully managed diabetes for the last four decades based on the advice of Dr. V. Mohan narrated his experience with Dr. Mohan that he has shared with him all these years. The oldest Indian to get a Ph.D at 91 years, Prof. S.M. Miskeen, Charted Accountant, Founder of RAC College, Tiruvarur, Founder of Lions Eye Hospital, Tiruvarurwas also present at the event and spoke about the wonderful relationship he has shared with Dr. V Mohan.
The book contains articles from some of the best doctors in India and around the world, including Dr Pradeep Chowbey- Senior Laparoscopic and Bariatic Surgeon; Dr Ravi Wankhedkar- National President of Indian Medical Association; Dr Nitin Kadam- Senior dentist; Dr S Natarajan- Dean, Aditya Jyot Institute Of Vision Science & Research; Dr Lalit Kapoor- Senior Cardiothoracic surgeon from B.M. Birla Heart Research Centre – Department of Cardiac Surgery; Dr SubramaniaIyer- Head of Department, Head & Neck Surgery, School of Medicine, Kochi and Professor, Head & Neck Surgery, School of Medicine, Kochi; Dr Jesse Berry- Senior Ophthalmologist and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology (Clinical Scholar), Associate Director of Ocular Oncology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and USC Roski Eye Institute; Dr Wolfgang Gubisch- renowned plastic surgeon and Senior Director of the Clinic for Fascial Plastic Surgery, Marienhospital Stuttgart and Chairman of the Council of Experts of the German Nose Surgeons; Dr Gabriela Casabona- Senior dermatologist; Dr Kamal Mahawar- Senior Consultant in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery with Indraprashta Apollo Hospital and many others.
About Dr. V Mohan:
Dr. V. Mohan is the Chairman and Chief of Diabetology at Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre at Chennai in South India which is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Non-communicable Diseases Prevention and Control and IDF Centre of Excellence in Diabetes Care. He is also President and Director of the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation which is an ICMR Centre for Advanced Research on Diabetes. Deeply interested in research from his undergraduate medical student days, Dr. Mohan has published over 1200 papers in peer reviewed journals including 750 original articles, 250 review articles and invited editorials and 150 chapters to text-books on Diabetes and Internal Medicine which is a world record by practicing doctor. His work has received over 59,000 citations and has an index of 110 which is the highest by a medical doctor in India.Dr. Mohan has trained over 12,000 physicians & 500 diabetologists in addition to Nurses, Educators and Technicians. Dr. Mohan has received over 170 awards including the prestigious Dr. B.C. Roy National Award by the Medical Council of India and the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Centenary Award from the Indian Council of Medical Research, the highest award for Biomedical research in India. In 2018 he was conferred the prestigious Dr. Harold Rifkin Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes Award by the American Diabetes Association for his pioneering work in the field of diabetes and he is the first Indian to receive this award. For his extensive contribution in the field of diabetes, in 2012 Dr. Mohan was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian award given by the Govt. of India. Dr. Mohan also provides lifelong free treatment to thousands of poor patients through the free diabetic clinics established by him and has conducted over 3000 free diabetes camps including several along with the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations and Trusts.