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Dissenting Diagnosis

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Complaints about the state of medical care are increasing in today’s India: whether it’s unnecessary investigations, botched operations or expensive—sometimes even harmful—medication. But while the unease is widespread, few outside the profession understand the extent to which the medical system is being distorted. Dr Arun Gadre and Dr Abhay Shukla have gathered evidence f ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Penguin
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Rupinder From the back cover: "Dissenting Diagnosis exposes the corruption afflicting the medical sector and sets out solutions for a healthier future."

From the back cover: "Dissenting Diagnosis exposes the corruption afflicting the medical sector and sets out solutions for a healthier future."

Basically, the book is partly an investigation by two doctors, Dr. Shukla and Dr. Gadre into the malpractices in govt. and private hospitals of India.(less)
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The somewhat anecdotal nature of the book is a let down. I was hoping for it to have a more than adequate coverage of any legal proceedings or, citations to cases which reflect the malaise being written about. In addition to that, supplementing the material with podcasts would be a good thing to do. In a form - the book collates in a well presented manner all the stories one gets to listen to. However, it stays away from being a primer for activism. Which is where the weakness is.
Parth Agrawal
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I came across the title of this book in moneylife(a magazine) through an article on the healthcare system of India and how the latest promise of Mr Modi in his Universal Health Insurance Scheme is not the silver bullet that India has been looking for. Before reading this book I knew that the Indian healthcare stories are full of corruption, commercialization and medical negligence but after reading this i now know the magnitude of the situation and it is alarming at the very least

78 doctors have
Kshitiz Goliya
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
It's one of the few book available on the malpractices in the Indian medical profession. While it does give an inside view of the private medical market, a lot more is left to be asked. The authors interviewed few doctors from various cities and specialities, but did not present any strong data or statistics to bring home their point. There is a very minimal use of real life events such as court cases and the authors do not show any depth in writing about private medical education.
While we trust
Anil Dhingra
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2020
Hats off to the two doctors for exposing the corruption and limitations in the Indian medical system.
As a doctor I feel frustrated to see a messy 1.2% of GDP being spent by the government on health. The effect is chaos. God forbid someone requires emergency medical services.
The maladies are well illustrated but in the second half the solutions fall short. Most important thing is naming and shaming to deter the corrupt doctors. Then book stays away from the Ketan Parikh controversy.
Anyway h
Sanjay Banerjee
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Everyone has complaints about malpractices in healthcare especially in the private sector including unwarranted diagnostics, medication etc and the doctor-industry nexus. The book contains evidence from 78 doctors from both private and public practice on how vulnerable patients can be exploited by unscrupulous doctors, hospitals and laboratories. The book exposes the corruption and also sets out solutions for a healthier future.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, economics
Quite an eye-opening read about the state of medical sector in India. This largely focuses on the tertiary care, though. The authors have interviewed dozens of doctors across India, and gathered a lot of relevant information and anecdotes that reveal the current problems. Some solutions are also proposed; a discussion of various regulations (existing and upcoming) is done. A major section is devoted to the discussion of Universal Healthcare system (like in the UK, Brazil, Thailand, etc.)
Arul Murugan
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very useful book on medical profession

Very good book about the details of unethical doctors in private hospital and how they are exploiting the patients written by some good ethical doctors
Mohit Singh
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Real Insights of Indian Healthcare system.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice survey of medical professionals sharing different kinds of experience during their practice.
Prabhu R.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-library, medicine
The authors have put in efforts to talk to various doctors about the unhealthy practices followed in the medical industry and where the corporate lobby of the medical industry is eclipsing the real face of the medical profession and how corrupt the industry is heading towards. However, the work seems to be very shallow also the sites that the authors have cited at the end seems to be either unavailable or filled with junk articles or auto repair etc.

Also, the authors could have chosen a differe
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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A couple of years back i fell seriously ill and did the rounds of doctors and hospitals for a good period of time. The confusing maze of doctors, hospitals, specialists, affiliations, diagnostic centres, medicines, and the quest to be fit and fine again. In this quest to live a “normal” life again, any human would go to any extent.

I was lucky that i was based out of Mumbai then, and luckier to have come across the right set of people. But we all know of countless other people who don’t get so lu
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I came across this book on this group. When I noticed that Keshav Desiraju has taken time out to write a forward to this book, I decided to give it a read. It was heartening to know that the second author is also community medicine expert. 
The authors attempt to document and present the malady within medical practice in current times. The narrative is a collection of interviews of 78 doctors engaging in ethical medical practice, an endangered species, the authors claim. The first part of the b
Vibhor Jain
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it
The book is eye opener with regards various malpractices in the Indian medical system. Some of the issues you might have known, some might be new. I would've given the book higher rating but felt the book to be too preachy without factual data. The issues raised are beyond doubt but you need data and numbers to support your claim. This book is more like an op-ed. on the issue.
Was expecting more...
Yet this review shouldn't discourage anyone to read this book. Rather this book can serve as a found
Kamesh Kumar N
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical, general
Good work done by the authors in exposing the precarious condition of health care services in India. It is quite sad to see that medical ethics are being grossly violated in many cases with the intention to make loads of money from the patient. Predominantly, patients are now being viewed as a commodity in health care services rather than a human being thanks to the inception of corporate hospitals. The role of pharmaceutical companies in hiking up the cost of medicines by colluding with some do ...more
Achint Kumar
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is based on the interview of doctors of different specialization from different part of India. Although we may aware of the deep rooted malpractice in the health system of India,but it gives more insight in to the topic.Specially because of it,some genuine doctors have to suffer. It discuss about some recommendation to solve the issues.
Although it will better,if they discussed it more deeply,still it is worth reading.
Shiva Subramanyam
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one must read book for people wants to know how doctors, corporate hospitals & Pharmaceutical companies deceiving helpless people with unnecessary procedures and expensive medicines. How our medical boards sold them off to big pharma companies. It's really courageous on the part of few ethical and honest doctors to share candid opinions about this stinking system and their valuable insights on how this can reformed. ...more
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