Dear people, with Love and Care, Your Doctors by Debraj Shome, Aparna Govil Bhasker
My Ratings – 3.5/5 stars
From time immemorial, medicine has remained one of the most respected professions. Trust formed the unshakeable foundation of the doctor-patient relationship and, for long, doctors were treated next to God.
In recent times, though, this sacred relationship is suffering from an erosion of faith. 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. We tend to forget that there are many great things happening in the medical world. Today, we are living much longer, we have managed to eradicate many diseases, we have vaccines that prevent our children from dying, life-saving surgeries are being performed while the baby is still in the womb, and we can give the gift of life to someone by transplanting vital organs. Medical miracles are happening every day in hospitals worldwide.
This book is a collection of heartfelt stories by doctors and patients from across the globe. These are stories of triumph, empathy, positivity, loss and, sometimes, failure. 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-stories that underline that a doctor too is a human being after all. Human resilience can often break barriers, and these stories serve as inspiration to both patients and doctors alike.
Riveting and absolutely unputdownable, Dear People gives an inside view of the world of medicine and hopes to inspire millions to retain faith in this beautiful relationship.
Narrated by some of the most celebrated doctors from across the world, Dear People, with Love and Care, Your Doctors weaves together inspirational and personal stories of medical excellence and brilliance, interjected with feelings of triumph, loss, fear, strength, valour and empathy.
About the Author
Dr Debraj Shome is a surgeon, specialising in facial plastic surgery and facial cosmetic surgery. He is the co-founder and director at The Esthetic Clinics, which has multiple centres across India. Known for his breakthrough innovations in facial plastic surgery, Dr Shome has received many awards. He has more than 55 research papers written in top peer-reviewed international publications along with a US patent to his credit for inventing the QR 678 hair growth formulation. He was the first recipient from Asia and the youngest globally to be awarded the prestigious Davies Foundation Grant Award by the Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow, in 2010. Besides clinical work, Dr Shome is the Director of the Debabrata Auro Foundation.
Dr Aparna Govil Bhasker is a bariatric and laparoscopic general surgeon and practises in the city of Mumbai. She is associated with Global, Currae, Namaha, Suchak and Apollo group of hospitals. She has multiple publications and numerous book chapters to her credit. She is the managing committee member of several surgical societies and has a keen interest in clinical research. She is the co-founder of Debabrata Auro Foundation.
The tagline of the book is “Heartfelt stories about Doctor-Patient relationships”. This book is basically collection of incidents or stories of unique incidents in doctors’ lives and being in medical profession I can say that all those are indeed true. Majority stories are from the point of view of a doctor. The number of doctors shared their memorable experience. And I like end credits as it was nice to read how successful doctors also have few unique incidents to share. Most important thing I like about is “Did you know?” Section at the end of each chapter. That’s really informative. As my brother is doing residency, I can relate each and everything about doctor’s life and incidents. My favourite stories are “Never Give up” and “Let go… if you want to survive”
If we talk generally about the book, I like all the incidents/stories that are chosen and definitely the narration style. There is a book in Gujarati language, “Doctor ni Diary” on similar concept and that is one of my favourite book so definitely my comparison goes with that book. One thing I would like to mention is that book is written in medical language. I mean there are lots of terminologies that non medical person will have difficulty in understanding. Being in medical profession, I can understand but if I see from their perspective, it will be boring to look into dictionary or google every time to check for terminology. The book could have been written more to make understand normal people. But definitely with little effort, it’s worth reading. I recommend this book to everyone as there are lots of issues going on with doctors, especially violence. So before pointing out to doctors, read and know about their life choices and duties, so you will never have complain about it. Overall worth reading!