Year : 2019 | Volume
: 57 | Issue : 2 | Page : 103--104
The Wounded Healer
Sharmila Devi Vadivelu
Department of Cornea, RIO GOH, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Dr. Sharmila Devi Vadivelu
Department of Cornea, RIO GOH, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Vadivelu SD. The Wounded Healer.TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res 2019;57:103-104
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Vadivelu SD. The Wounded Healer. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Sep 22 ];57:103-104
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“We have turned doctors into Gods and worship their deity by offering up our bodies and our souls – not to mention our worldly goods and yet paradoxically, they are the most vulnerable of human beings. Because they are painfully aware that they cannot live up to our expectations, their anguish is unquantifiably intense. They have aptly been called wounded healers” (From the novel “Doctors,” 1989)
Dear Seniors and Friends,
Greetings from the office of TJOSR!
It is with great pleasure that we present to you the second issue of TJOSR for the year 2019. We are delighted with your warm and enthusiastic response to our previous issues, and we hope you find this one just as interesting and informative.
The alarming increase in the incidence of violence against doctors has become a source of grave concern to all of us. Medicine is an exacting profession. The training is long and arduous. Unrealistic workloads, high-stress levels, and the constant need to stay abreast of advances to offer our patients the best possible care all take their toll, and early burn out is not uncommon. There was a time when doctors were bestowed with a divine status; however, now in the last few years, we come across reports of violence against doctors, sometimes leading to grievous hurt or murder that are making headlines across the world with many reported from India too.,
Why is the medical fraternity facing so much flak today? So much so, that we have become the wounded healers, literally speaking.
The media, both print and the ubiquitous electronic, seem to have no real understanding of the challenges faced by doctors. A few unscrupulous and unethical practitioners make headlines, and the entire fraternity is tarred with the same brush.
Are we to blame for this sorry state of affairs too? Maybe. Unrealistic workloads result in less time spent with patients. Busy doctors, short on patience and time, often spend too little time with patients and their attenders. They are therefore perceived as unsympathetic or worse, uncaring. Long waiting hours and doctor's behavior toward patients and relatives are important contributors to aggression and need to be addressed by the doctor as much as possible. An interesting fact is that senior doctor faces less violence than a junior doctor. We have to stop the violence against doctors and take preventive measures.
It is, therefore, imperative that doctors and paramedical staff develop communication skills. Informed consent should be obtained after discussing treatment procedures, alternatives, and possible complications. Clear and detailed documentation is vital. Protocols should be in place to handle angry and unruly attenders. Do not hesitate to seek expert opinion, where necessary.
It is also vital that we provide each other with support at such times. Let's all stay together and overcome this.
When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives (George R. R Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire)
Coming back to the contents of this issue, we have some well written original articles and interesting case reports for you. Eminent experts from across the country, such as Dr. R. Kim, Dr. Atul Kumar, Dr. Rajiv Raman, Dr. Raja Narayanan, Dr. Manish Nagpal, and Paisan Ruamviboonsuk, offer you pointers on Diabetic Retinopathy, in our Expert's Corner, compiled by Dr. V. G. Madanagopalan. This issue also carries our regular features, such as the Photo Quiz and the Journal Scan.
The quality of the scientific publications in the TJOSR reflects the research work being done in Tamil Nadu. I have been getting good feedbacks from renowned ophthalmologists for our journal. I request you all to keep up the good work and submit publications of good quality to TJOSR.
I would like to thank all the authors who have contributed to this issue. I would also like to thank the reviewers for their timely review of submissions and the entire Editorial board for their coordinated efforts. Please give us your feedback to make the issue more relevant for your clinical practice. We value your suggestions and feedback.
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Conflicts of interest
There are no conflicts of interest.
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