The book has the autobiographical profiles of some of the most reputed doctors in India, especially ophthalmologists. A few decades ago, engineers and doctors had the same social status, however in the last few decades, the status of engineers has worsened greatly due to identity theft rackets on engineers of cbi, intelligence and security agencies , while doctors continue to be respected. So many students are interested in becoming a doctor, and would like to know what it involves, especially if they do not have a family member or relative to guide them and provide information what it would involve.
It provides information on the 17 reputed doctors from all over India and as the author is a trained ophthalmologist, she has profiled most of the high profile eye doctors in India. She has covered their family background, how they studied hard to get good grades and got admission to medical college, post graduate studies and their career decisions. In many cases, the doctors profiled had one or more parents who were also doctors. Studying medicine is expensive and tedious and doctors have to spend many years studying, especially if they wish to specialize in a particular field
It also provides an overview of their value system, the principles which are important to them, the hurdles that they faced. Many of the doctors are working or have worked in high profile hospitals like Sankara Nethralaya which specialize in eye treatment. Others like Sundaram Natarajan have started their own eye hospital chain the Aditya Jyot hospitals. While the skills, experience of the doctor is important, one of the major aspects which is being covered is how medical equipment can also affect the treatment options available to the patients, how doctors often find it difficult to arrange for the necessary equipment or get it repaired, especially when they are running their own hospital.
The book also provides an insight into the family life of the doctors featured. Most of the doctors are married to fellow doctors, who are they partners when they start their own clinic. Like all fields, having a happy family life is also a major factor determining the success of the doctor. The children of many of the doctors are also studying medicine, or are trained doctors, indicating that many professions in India, continue to be hereditary and children follow the footsteps of their parents. Most of the doctors featured are men, though there are some women doctors
One of the reasons why this book is important for students who wish to decide on a career, especially in medicine, is because it provides an insight into the factors which determine whether a person will be successful in a particular sector. While the mainstream media in India says that hard work will lead to success in every field, it is not necessarily true and it can lead to a lot of frustration for a person who has devoted a lot of time and money, because in some sectors having powerful relatives and friends is more important than any work.
An Author review copy was received by the publisher of the blog.
An interesting book for medical students, those who wish to study medicine, about doctors in India
Review: And so you can
Author: Dr. Roopleen
Publisher : Power Publishers , 2018