The Medical Council of India: need for a total overhaul

The Medical Council of India (MCI) is modelled on the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom. The latter agency is intended to subserve crucial functions: set the standards of good medical practice it expects of doctors throughout their working lives; assure the quality of undergraduate medical education in the country...

Professional misconduct or criminal negligence: when does the balance tilt?

On September 13, 2013, the Supreme Court absolved Dr Praful Desai, an oncologist, of conviction on the charge of criminal medical negligence in the treatment of one of his patients. This article examines the judgment of the Supreme Court in the light of medical negligence and criminal jurisprudence...

US-funded measurements of cervical cancer death rates in India

Since 1998, randomised trials in India funded by the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have compared cervical cancer death rates among 224,929 women offered cervical screening to those among 138,624 women offered no screening...

Thimerosal as discrimination: vaccine disparity in the UN Minamata Convention

When addressing toxins, one unmistakable parallel exists between biology and politics: developing children and developing nations are those most vulnerable to toxic exposures. This disturbing parallel is the subject of this critical review, which examines the use and distribution of the mercury (Hg)-based compound, thimerosal...

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