Healing and dying with dignity: Where does India stand?

Palliative care is a neglected issue in the Indian healthcare system, with few exceptions. The peer community – individuals, patients and their families, medical professionals, and lawyers – is sharply polarised in the discourse on the ethics of assisted dying or euthanasia in the Indian setting. The diversity of sociocultural...

Perceptions of stigma among medical and nursing students and tuberculosis and diabetes patients at a teaching hospital in southern India

Stigma has a significant impact on the diagnosis of a variety of illnesses, patients' compliance with treatment and their recovery from these diseases. However, the Indian medical and nursing curriculum has given relatively little attention to recognizing and addressing the issue of stigma. This study compared the perception of stigma with respect to tuberculosis and diabetes mellitus among...

Reintroducing differences linguistically!

Different models have defined the term disability and grouped persons with disabilities accordingly. Time and again, various terms and phrases have been used in different languages to identity persons according to the differences in their bodies and the level of functioning of those bodies. Analogies and metaphors create stereotypes and can affect the formation of an individual's self-concept. Clichés like "divyang" ie one who has some divine powers to......

Tubal sterilisation without consent: a case report

Introduction: Tubal sterilisation is practised all over the world. This safe, easy and highly effective, long-term method for birth control can be carried out during the hospital stay for either a normal delivery or caesarean section. In India, female sterilization accounts for 37.3% of all methods of family...

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