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Bedside Medicine-Victor or Vanquished?

Dr. K N Viswanathan

Citation Information : Viswanathan DK. Bedside Medicine-Victor or Vanquished?. 2017; 6 (1):34-36.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10085-6111

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


One should never forget that the most cost-effective tool in medicine is communication. The cutting-edge of patient-physician relationship is health-care which must be extremely compassionate. Nowadays many physicians refer their patients to all sorts of modern but extortionate investigation gadgets, which not everyone in this country can afford and this necessitates a compelling and immediate need to resurrect the olden general practitioners’ ways of providing panacea. Those doctors have been caring for several generations by being familiar with the entire family history and just by hearing the complaints and conducting basic physical examination and acting as their friend, philosopher and guide, facilitate recovery without or with minimal investigations. Hippocrates advocated to “cure rarely, comfort mostly, but console always” and this still holds good to these days of modern technological practice. The doctor must be an effective communicator to follow his principles.

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