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What Does It Mean to Be a Doctor Today?

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Have the core characteristics, expectations and skills of a doctor changed? What do you think?

Dr Anthony V Pais, Co founder and Clinical Director, and Breast cancer Surgeon, Cytecare Cancer Hospital, Bangalore

To be a good Doctor you should have the combination of passion and moral interests and knowledge found in no other profession. Wherever the art of medicine is loved there is also the love of humanity. To be dealing with life and death issues all the time you can handle almost everything. One can never underestimate the power of observation, reason, human understanding-mission driven spirit and the courage to be good. Medicine is an art which is unfortunately losing its presence among the medical fraternity. However it continues to be the pivotal factor which when combined with a humane touch transforms delivery of treatment in a holistic manner. At the same time there is frustrating impersonal side that poses a significant threat to the future of medicine – the mundane financial angle that drives the practice of medicine has become the rule today. This has to be improved upon . The profound anxiety of violating the deeply embedded core principle of the profession: “Primum non nocere” or “first …

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