Yesterday had a interesting surgery lecture taken by Professor Dr.Mussadiq Khan, Principal Rawalpindi Medical College. Found out
1- According to Dr.Mussadiq, our class has no "zooq" for arts. We couldn't identify a single painting/drawing nor any historical figures and mythical gods. By the way, could anybody tell me why the snake is a symbol of medicine??
2- Our society is a hippocratic society in which we preach something and practice something else. Our professors teach us bedside manners which they themselves never practice e.g like taking consent from a patient, keeping the patient informed of his disease and prognosis, maintaining privacy and dignity,etc. Ours is a society in which on the same road we see a man on a donkey and a man on a Mercedes Benz.
3- Hippocratic Oath has a part in which it says that I shall not use a knife on my patients. The reason being that in the old days it was not the job of doctors to perform surgery. It was the job of barbers. For years and years, barbers continued this pratice till a few centuries ago there was a conference of surgeons and barbers. There it was decieded that surgeons shall only perform surgery and not cut hair and vice versa....lolz. Also in our part of the world "hakeems', who never performed invasive procedures, were given more respect. They were given the seat next to the king. It is only in the last few hundred years surgeons gained respect in society. It is also the reason why surgeons prefer being called Mr. instead of Dr.
4- The amount of responsibility lying on the shoulders of a surgeon is immense.Here you are allowing a man holding a knife to cut you open, whereas in real life you would slap that person if he dare pinched you.
5- Principal is real cool guy. Gives his lectures in the most informal style!!