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DOCTOR'S DILEMMA (5)

 DOCTOR'S DILEMMA (5)

DR RAVI BAPAT

Sometimes a physician ends up as the victim of media sensationalism. Once a patient with large splenomegaly (enlarged spleen) was admitted to hospital and diagnosed to have a rare disease. It was explained to the patient and his relatives that surgery for removal of the spleen was indicated. The operation was successful and the spleen was excised. Fancy my consternation when the newspapers next day reported that a large mass had been removed from the body of the patient that contained ants, scorpions etc.! The attending doctors were asked for an explanation! Surely the media has a duty to check all medical reports with the doctors concerned before publishing such drivel?


Compilation of professional reminiscences of specialists - edited by M.V.Kamath and Dr.Rekha Karmarkar.