08 May, 2021

Doctor’s Diary

In Outlook this week, a doctor's diary on 'faith'.

Illustration by Saahil
Doctor’s Diary
A Cuppa Faith

After battling a long-drawn surgery, I enjoy a very personal ritual­—I sit with a steaming cup of coffee. Alone. And I reload the hours spent in the operation theatre in my mind. Today, my thoughts are straying to something more fundamental: who I am and why I do what I do every day.

It can be summed up in one word: faith. The entire medical profession is based on faith. In no other sphere of life does an individual ever surrender oneself so completely to the hands of another as one does when consenting to a surgery. Try pricking someone with a pin and they’ll start fighting, but here’s a person who allows you to do anything to them. The whole contract is based on the faith that the doctor will return one to normal life.

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