Perspectives from the *other side* on Software, Management and Life

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Good Doctors, Bad Doctors ....

I'm told that the 'coats' never do bad. White coats (Doctors) and Black coats (Lawyers) always do well (Financially speaking). The fact is that you are generally helpless when you reach their office. A bad doctor knows how to corner and skim you.
Let me give some specifics here on some DR's in Lahore:

1. Dr Jahan Ara - She's a gyne who probably flunked her way through med school. My wife went to her with severe stomach ache (by severe, i mean severe!). She had classic symptoms of appendix, ie difficulty in sitting up, pain coming from the lower abdominal region etc. And guess what her diagnosis was - upset stomach; take a pain killer! I had to go to emergency 3 hours later and had the operation done! I called her up to tell her who screwed up her diagnosis was but she just responded in a cool manner to say i should go ahead with the op ....

2. Dr Talat Sha - She wasnt a bad doctor per se, but she would have failed USMLE part III hands down! She would not give us more than 5 mins, and if you're wondering ..i was paying good money! As a result of her lack of attention, I had to suffer typhoid for an addition 3 weeks, because she prescribed the wrong antibiotic and i could never reach her back to tell her that it didnt feel right ....

My advise on how to figure out if a doctors worth sticking to if he/she:
1. Gives you appropriate time
2. Discusses the situation in a calm manner - without rushing!
3. Gives you their contact number for emergency contact

If you feel uncomfortable while talking to a doctor, my advise is to pick another one. There is no shortage of doctors, and unfortunately this country's got way too many bad doctor's who have become famous. I'd much rather go under the knife of a good yet unknown doctor than that of a famous but horrible doctor (read butcher).
**My apologies if me naming the doctors causes you any pain - but i'd much rather save a poor soul out there some misery!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Jehangir's Tomb

Today i went on a little sight seeing in Lahore. Afterall, its one of the few cities that can boast of a historic civilization(s) that left behind decent buildings. In comparison, new buildings being constructed these days are banal and look as if they've been constructed from substandard lego blocks :(.
In today's blog, i'll just leave the pictures to do the talking.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Politics - Pakistani Style

Politics ...the 'profession' all self respecting Pakistani's stay away from. Rarely are good, middle class, honest individuals found in this profession. This might help explain Pakistan's love/hate relation with democracy (just my opinion ofcourse!).

I would recommend reading Betrand Russel's Nobel prize speech excrept:

"... Vanity is a motive of immense potency. Anyone who has much to do with children knows how they are constantly performing some antic, and saying «Look at me». «Look at me» is one of the most fundamental desires of the human heart ..."

Betrands article might help explain the wiered looking potraits