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What Can an Individual Do?

Forwarding a message I received from Dr Dharav Shah who is creating a wave of change in youngsters across India making them abstaining from the first puff and the first drink so they lead a healthy and happy life without the poisons we love.
Do watch the video. I had tears only once, but your mileage may vary.
Dear friends,
Last week i had forwarded TEDx talk of Dr Taru, who had worked in a district hospital of Bihar. The NGO with which she was working, needs doctors for similar work in district hospitals in Bihar.
If you know any surgeon, Gynecologist, pediatrician or Anaesthetist who would probably like to take up this challenge for 6 months or more, please inform them about this opportunity to contribute. Please forward this ad in your medico groups
Are you upto the challenge of being an agent of change, working towards improving Emergency services in a progressive Bihar?
1. WHO-CARE Global Surgery fellowship - *Specialist Obstetrician*:

Reviving community medicine in India: The need to perform our primary role | International Journal of Medicine and Public Health

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This is a very thought provoking article I came across yesterday. It says that the actual role of a community medicine specialist is as a family doctor in primary health centres.
My college had a "preventive and social medicine" department. Now it all makes sense.
If you look at community medicine departments in the present situation you see that they restrict themselves to TB, HIV, Leprosy, or whatever diseases have a national program on them. No national program? Out of scope of community medicine. And even within these, the role that community medicine department likes to play is that of a CME organizer. I do not remember a case discussion in community medicine in my college days where the patient was actually in front.
What community medicine needs is a practice base. 
Read the article here:

Interactive textbook with adaptive level of complexity

This is an idea I've been having since a long time. I think it is relatively easy to implement as well.
We need textbooks like we have online maps. Textbooks that give you an overview first and then let you zoom in to any part and get more and more details. The deeper we go and the more details we have the harder will the level of complexity be. So, a beginner can probably zoom out and get a large overview of all the topics they need. Someone who already has the overview can zoom in at a part and get some more details. Then, they can zoom in again and get more details, and again, and again till they reach the maximum available information.
Writing such a textbook may seem complicated but all it takes is some amount of reorganization of thoughts and marking sentences by their level of complexity.

Why is Benzylpenicillin called Penicillin G and Phenoxymethylpenicillin Penicillin V?

This one took a lot of searching. My initial hunch was that the G and the V stood for amino acids. G for Glycine and V for Valine. I thought, maybe, if these amino acids were not substituents, at least they would be the precursors involved in synthesis of Penicillins. I had also heard the word "Penicillin Gold" somewhere suggesting that they could be acronyms as well.

After some searching around, there was a chance discovery of this page on some encyclopedia that said "The different forms of penicillin are distinguished from each other by adding a single capital letter to their names. Thus: penicillin F, penicillin G, penicillin K, penicillin N, penicillin O, penicillin S, penicillin V, and penicillin X"

Now I knew there are more letters and these are chosen just because they are in the alphabet and not because of anything special. So the question became, why these letters? Did they start with Penicillin A and go down all the way till Penicillin V and even X? Is…

JLS: SJG Ayurvedic College, Koppal

On 6th March, Wednesday JeevaRaksha team did the first JLS (JeevaRaksha Life Support) course in an Ayurvedic college in Karnataka at SJG Ayurvedic College, Koppal.

I took Hampi express on the night of fifth and reached by about 9 in the morning and the workshop had already started by the time I reached the venue. The participants were enthusiastically interacting with the facilitators.

Choking was my topic and for the first time I had a "choking charlie" for demonstration. After a small lunch we had the scenario trainings and tests. A lot of candidates became eligible for being trainers.

That evening Ramya, Sahana, and I went on top of Gavisiddeshwara Temple and watched a beautiful sunset.

On Thursday, the training of trainers took place with the candidates who were selected on the previous day. All of them showed real potential to be great facilitators.