Medical science has involved from the ancient use of plants, clays and soils applied by Shamans to complex transplantations, surgeries and neural prosthetics used by the modern day Doctors. In the 15th century, a plague caused by rats was enough to destroy 20% of Europe’s population but today the advancement in medicinal sciences and biotechnology has caused a population explosion in the world. In India, there was a time when life expectancy was merely 36 and death rate was more than the birth rate. To throw some light at the contrast and the development in healthcare technology, India’s current population of 1.2 billion is enough to illustrate the illuminance mentioned above.
The National Doctors’ Day is celebrated in India on July 1 to honor the legendary physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. He was born on July 1,1882 and died on the same day 80 years later. He was honored for his contributions in the field of Medical sciences by being accoladed with the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna on February 4, 1961. This day is observed to acknowledge the galvanizing efforts of fellow medical practitioners which help in curing ailments and saving lives. The assiduousness is lionized by presenting bouquet and gifts to doctors by patients. Commemorative dinners are also organized by hospitals to felicitate the medical fraternity.
There are many reasons why this day is of paramount importance and why it needs to be celebrated with great gusto and exuberance. The extremely large population of India, living in unsanitary, unhygienic, morbid conditions depend on the services of physicians to a large extent at all times. Medical practitioners in India have shown commendable chronic development in their work efficiency, over the years. The adroit skills and innovations of these doctors have led to significant development in healthcare which is why the least we can do is acknowledge and adulate their contribution of saving lives. Also, the blandishment is used to inspire lethargic abate Doctors.
Many times when a Doctor saves the life of his patient against all odds, a common fawn used by the survived patient is that he thanks his savior by bestowing upon him the title of God. Also, it is the only profession to be reputed as that of God. According to religious scriptures, only the Divine one has the power to heal. Ergo, when a mortal Doctor accomplishes the task, he recieves such adulation from his patient who is overly alleviated with a beam of euphoria because for him that act is a rebirth.
Should this eulogy be questioned and seen as a sycophant act by a patient who is exalting the wrong person as per religious doctrine or is the act really that commendable to receive such glorification?
Today the probability of someone surviving cancer is not negligible. If it is diagnosed at an early stage then the said disease is curable. Malaria, Dengue, Typhoid, Tuberculosis, Paralysis et al are curable in the 21st century because of the revolution in healthcare services and medical practitioners. The act of curing patients is akin to God’s miraculous feats which is not a wrong thing.
As long as people are being saved, the comparison is purely justified. Maybe the Doctor cannot save his patients in a flick unlike the Almighty but the point is he too can. Call it God’s grace on humanity or a scientific paradigm but the point is he can. Saving lives is important. Whether the deed is performed by the Extolled, Man of Steel, a Doctor or even a Web Slinger bears no significance as long as people are being healed and saved, but such services need to be duly acknowledged and awarded.
Let us thank them who heal us against all bad health! 🙂