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WIth patients in India getting increasingly impatient with doctors, Paul Kalanithi’s memoir invites us to pause and think

This was published on May 15, 2017 in theWire.in. Here is the link, and below is an extract.

The much-loved and much-reviewed When Breath Becomes Air is a unique autobiographical work by US neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, a terminally ill doctor-turned-patient who died at age 36… It is useful reading for both the general public and doctors, especially in current times when the patient-doctor relationship in India has deteriorated to perhaps a historic nadir… 81 more words

Culture & Life

Brasileiros e sírios levam arte às crianças refugiadas colorindo cenários de guerra

Por Saulo Valley, abril 24, 2017

Uma iniciativa que merece muitos aplausos levou um grupo de jovens artistas de rua brasileiros, a se encontrar com artistas e ativistas de diversos países em conflito armado. 494 more words

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Transitioning from Delayed Death to Dignified Death, and How Kerala Shows the Way

This was published in Huffington Post India on March 20, 2017. Here is the link, and below is an excerpt:

In our country, discussions over this most crucial trade-off rarely happen in communications between persons having terminal illness and their family (or doctors). 243 more words

Public Health

Doctors, Academics, and Artists Bear the Brunt of Mob Violence in India: Here's How They Can Help Each Other

This appeared in theWire.in on 15 March 2017. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt:

While the medical community regularly (and rightfully) demands and expect protection from mob violence, is it morally justified that it looks the other way when other citizens are subjected to similar violence?  182 more words

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How to Celebrate International Women's Day

Dear Readers,

     Today is a wonderful day because today is International Women’s Day. That’s right, a day to celebrate and support women’s accomplishments, achievements, and, in essence, our existence. 309 more words

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New Science on Why People Believe Fake News

This was published by theWire on March 5, 2017. Here is the link. Below is an extract.

“To sum up, Mercier and Sperber claim that our faculty of reasoning is perfect for making, and accepting or rejecting, argumentive claims. 182 more words


Bhansali Attack: 'Hurt' Feelings Are No Justification For Violence

This was published in HuffPost India on Feb 8 2017. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt.

“These emotions are so subjective and varied that often even members of the same family are at opposite ends on whether, for example, a particular statement is offensive or not. 147 more words

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