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THE DOCTOR’S LOSS by Dr. Arif Hameed

It is not easy to become a doctor and handle lives.

Let me start on this note. Knowledge is a veritable tool needed to function well in medical field. Knowledge is key. It is the knowledge had that helps to give clues to every diagnosis. So, in putting this knowledge to work, we doctors are to always be on our toes.

Having a repertoire of medical knowledge is not enough but the demonstration of an ability to attend to cases makes the difference. Unarguably, as we continue to practice the profession, we tend towards perfection.

As already implied, books give us knowledge but practice makes us perfect. Whatever is written in books is not always a copy-and-paste thing for patients. We have to always use our clinical judgement as occasions may warrant.

Every patient is a new book to a doctor. A new dimension they are. When a patient is admitted by us, every detail of his history runs through our mind. Each line of the textbook flashes in front of our eyes. Then comes the time for diagnosis and clinical judgement.

At the time of treatment, sometimes with limited facilities, we still put in our bests. Do fate and knowledge always support us? Our experiences tell us “NO”. In spite of all efforts put together, we still sometimes lose patients.

Doctors like orangutans scratch their heads. They go through every aspect of patients’ treatments. They Keep on thinking where the problem could be when something goes wrong!

“Was it my fault, why didn’t the patient recover?” Doctors may think. This gives them sleepless nights and their personal space gets occupied by professional thoughts. They start to blame themselves. Some other time, their mental condition can only be understood by themselves. In fact, there could be some occasions of memory failure.

Their hearts wrench when people who are not supposed to die were faced with untimely death. As loss of patients does not only sadden the bereaved, doctors also feel the deadly blow.

Our hearts are saddened but we still live for the next patient waiting at the emergency room to see us.

Written By

Dr. Arif Hameed
Fellow in Cancer Pain Management
Dip. in Echocardiography/ BLS
Dip. in Diet and Obesity Management.

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