When You Must Be Cruel To Be Kind

Note by Dr Suraj Manjunath : This is a guest post by Haripriya Suraj. Haripriya is a wellness practitioner, author, and early childhood educator. As my better half, she has been my source of support and inspiration through our years together. This post is based on a real-life incident.  “I need to speak to Suraj, … Read more

How Is Cancer Surgery Different From Other Surgeries? Part 2: Adjuvant Therapy

For many illnesses requiring surgery, surgery is often the standalone treatment. Hernia surgery, removal of the appendix or gall bladder for infections, removal of benign tumors, surgery for injuries – in all these, once the surgery is done, no further treatment is required other than a period of recovery/rehabilitation. In cancer treatment, things are different. … Read more

The Joy Of Meeting Offline

Last weekend, after a gap of two years, I attended an academic meeting/ surgical workshop in person. All these months of online and virtual meetings, conferences, and workshops had falsely lulled me into thinking that we had found an alternate (and in many ways more convenient) medium to communicate. But the involvement, enthusiasm, and sheer … Read more

When Adversity Gives Rise To Purpose

Mr Das was about 60 years old when I first met him in the summer of 2012. Accompanied by his nephew, he had a dignified bearing despite his tattered clothes. He was from the eastern part of India, and in spite of his broken Hindi, we managed to communicate. He had a large goiter (enlargement … Read more