If the doctor’s aim is advancement, he must be very prudent to stick to it

December 6, 2019 0 By FM

No two people can be equal. Similarly, no two surgeons are equal. One surgeon may possess a ‘sixth sense’ whereas others may have only the five senses to work with. To develop oneself in neurosurgery or any other specialty, the person who is doing it must have a passion to be with the specialty. He must have a zeal to go ahead and a target as to where he wants to reach. He must also have the determination to reach that target. It is only when you have all these qualities that you can reach your aim and become a better surgeon in comparison to the next one. 

Life has many ups and downs: This applies to science as well. Do not consider the downs as failures. It is a challenge, just accept it. Don’t feel depressed. You have to come up from there to be strong. If you got that attitude in you, then you can have anything. That is the philosophy of life.

But to do all these things, you must have a cool mind. You should not be too ambitious. If your aim is amassing wealth, and you want a big house, big cars and everything big, then you cannot concentrate on science. These are two different things. You have to sacrifice one to win the other. That is what I did. Nobody gave me a silver spoon, I earned it by my own effort. 

You must acquire what is native to the science and apply it to your knowledge, and ultimately to the patient, so that the science can develop. But you should not use that as a tool to show others that you are superior. Let the people decide it. You don’t decide it yourself. You just go on working, let the people judge you.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of commercialisation in medicine today. Any company, whether it is pharmaceutical or surgical, approaches the doctor with a commercial aim. If the doctor’s aim is advancement, he must be very prudent to stick to the aim.

But many a time, they fall prey to the business tactics of these companies and end up using instruments unnecessary to the patients. Such experiments can give rise to complications for the patients, besides creating a bad reputation for the science.  

­— As told to Divya Choyikutty

Dr P S Ramani is a Senior Neuro Spinal Surgeon at Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai