The Darker Side Of Medicine: Another Doctor Assaulted While On Duty

Being a doctor is a noble calling. All those years spent in medical school, then specialization, more studying, sleepless nights on duty, etc… Learning never really ends when you decide to commit yourself to this profession.

It takes years, even decades for a person to become a good medical professional.

But, not everyone knows how to appreciate all the efforts a doctor has to go through his/her education.

Here is the story of Dr Mohammed Ruda, from Baghdad (Iraq). Dr Ruda is a resident in general surgery at the Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Iraq. He is currenty preparing his Phd in surgery.

While he was on call, this Wednesday, a female patient was admitted to the hospital. In the Emergency Room, she presented with severe right lower abdominal pain, with a possibilty of appendicitis. Dr Ruda came to examine the patient for rebound tenderness. 

But, what came next, no one could predict…..

Instead of helping the female patient, the doctor was hit in the face by the patient’s husband, who was against the medical check-up. He did not allow Dr.Ruda to examine his wife.

The doctor ended up with bloody nose and a possible fracture. (See picture below)

According to Dr Ruda’s colleagues, attacks like this one, are almost common thing in this hospital. That’s certanly not an environement anyone would want to work in.

When we talk about security in hospitals in general, it’s always directed toward a patient. But what about doctors?Cases like these show us that doctors are not safe in their own workplace.If the patients (or their family members) are free to assault a doctor, who is going to treat them later on?

We need to stop and think for a minute, as this kind of behavior should not be tolerated.

Complete medical personnel, from nurses, technicians, paramedics to doctors needs to be treated with respect and gratitude. Those people are the ones that put their lives aside, to save somebody else.

Recognize their effort, and show them you are thankful for their care and help.

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Book Pack you’ll need while studying for MBBS

Greetings, med students!

We have been getting a lot of questions on our page, regarding medical literature. Where do I find the books, which ones you recommend, do you have anatomy books are only some of them, to name a few.

So, look no further, as we have something for you ! With help of one of our fans A. Aqeel, we have gathered a list of medical books, which should help you on this quest of becoming a medical professional.

We know this road is very rocky one, with a lot of twist and turns, and we want to help!

Here is the list of the complete package, with all the pdf books you will need (download links included):

1–> KLM for Gross Anatomy
2–> Snell’s Anatomy
3–> BD Churassia
4–> RJ Last
5–> Grey’s Anatomy
6–> Langman Embryology
7–> KLM for Embryology
8–> BD For General Anatomy
9–> Dissector
10–> Di Fore Histology
11–> Junqueira’s Histology
12–> Netter Atlas of human Aantomy

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1–> Guyton
2–> Ganong
3–> Sheerwood
4–> Sembulingam

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1–> Harper
2–> Lippincott
3–> Chatterjea
4–> Satyanarayan
5–> Stryer
6–> MRS Biochemistry

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1–> Big Robins
2–> Medium Robins
3–> Pathoma
4–> Goljan
5–> Harsh Mohan Pathology
6–> Atlas of Histopathology
7–> Levinson
8–> MRS microbiology
9–> Microbiology by Jacquelyn G. Black
10–> Color Atlas of Microbiology
11–> Kaplan Pathology

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1–> Big Katzung
2–> Mini Katzung
3–> Kaplan Review
4–> Lippincott
5–> Pocket Katzung
6–> Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology
7–> Atlas of Pharmacology

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Forensic Medicine:
1–> Simpson’s Forensics
2–> Krishan’s Forensics
3–> Atlas of Autopsy
4–> Atlas of Forensic Medicine

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1–> Jogi
2–> Jatoi
3–> Parson’s Textbook of Eye
4–> Kanski
5–> AK Khurana
6–> Atlas of ophthalmology

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1–> Dhingra
2–> Logans Turner
3–> Color Atlas of Otorhinolaryngology
4–> Maqbool’s Text Book of ENT
5–> Clinical Methods in ENT by PT Wakode
6–> ENT at a Glance

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Community Medicine:
1–> Monica’s Text Book Community Medicine
2–> Mahajan And Gupta Text Book of Community Medicine
3–> Bancroft’s Text Book of Community Medicine

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1–> Churchill’s Pocketbook of DD
2–> MTB Step 2 Ck
3–> Davidson Essentials
4–> Davidson Principals and practice
5–> Harrison’s Internal Medicine
6–> Internal Medicine USMLE Nuggets
7–> Internal Medicine on call bt LANGE
8–> Oxfords Specialties

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1–> Bailey_love short practice of Surgery
2–> Churchill’s pocketbook of Surgery
3–> Deja Review of surgery
4–> Farquharson’s Textbook of Operative General Surgery
5–> Hamilton Bailey’s Physical Signs
6–> Oxford Handbook of Clinical Surgery
7–> Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery
8–> Macleod’s Clinical Examination
9–> Macleod’s Clinical Diagnosis

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Obstetrics & Gynecology:
1–> Case Discussions in Obstetrics and Gynecology
2–> Deja Review of Obstetrics Gynecology
3–> Obstetrics by Ten Teachers
4–> Gynaecology illustrated
5–> Gynaecology by Ten Teachers

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1–> Nelson Essentials of Pediatrics
2–> Nelson Complete
3–> Pediatrics Review

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Dr Ruth Pfau, life of a humble leprosy doctor

 Dr Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau (9 September 1929 – 10 August 2017), German doctor and nun, has passed away during a surgery procedure in Karachi. She was 87 years old. Dr Pfau, also known as Pakistani Mother Teresa, devoted her whole life to treating leprosy patients in Pakistan.

Dr Pfau was born in Leipzig, Germany. After World War II, she escaped to West Germany with her family, and decided to study medicine. In the 1950s she studied medicine at the universities of Mainz and Marburg.

After finishing her studies and joining Catholic order (Daughters of the Heart of Mary), she was on her way to India. But, after facing visa problems, she was redirected to Pakistan.

Dr Pfau witnessed leprosy for the first time in 1960, upon arriving to Pakistan. The illness she never heard of, or knew exsisted. The images of disfigured and socially excluded people she saw upon arrival, motivated her to do all she can to eradicate leprosy.


She was the founder of the Pakistan’s National Leprosy Control Programme and the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre. She helped numerous people who suffered from the illness, reaching the figure of 50,000 treated patients.


Dr Pfau went on and opened branches in all Pakistan provinces. She provided training to Pakistani doctors and volunteers and worked on attracting foreign donations. As a result, in 1988, she was granted Pakistani citizenship.


Finally, after 38 years of her efforts, in 1996, Pakistan was one of the first countries in Asia to be declared leprosy free by World Health Organization.

She has also helped in rescuing victims from the 2005 earthquake and floods that caught south western part of Pakistan in 2010.   She received numerous honours for her work, among them the Hilal-e-Imtiaz – Pakistan’s second highest civilian award – in 1979, the Hilal-e-Pakistan in 1989 and the German Staufer Medal in 2015. On 14 August 2010, the President of Pakistan awarded Dr Pfau the Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam for public service. Yet, despite all her achievements, she stayed humble and was never indiferent to pain and suffering of others.

She was the author of  four books: The Last Word is Love: Adventure, Medicine, War and God, To Light A Candle. In the books she wrote about her work in Pakistan.

The funeral for the late Dr Ruth Pfau will be held on 19 August at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi.

Antibiotics for a virus?


Imagine the following scene. You are lying in bed, your throat hurts, nose is running, your whole body is in pain, you feel weak. In comes your mother (sister, father…etc. ) and tells you to go and see a doctor, they will give you antibiotics and you will feel much better.

Sounds familiar? Everyone has experienced this at least a few times in a lifetime.

Why is using antibiotics for treatment of viruses wrong?

Well, first and foremost, antibiotics do not have any effect on viral infections. In a nutshell, antibiotics don’t kill viruses, because viruses have different structure than bacteria, and also, they replicate in a different manner. Antibiotics are specifically designed to kill bacteria, or prevent their further regrowth.

Taking antibiotics for viral infection will not cure the infection, nor it will help you feel better, and certainly will not prevent other people from getting sick. Also, inappropriate use of antibiotics can cause harmful side effects. Simply, it can cause more harm than good.

How do antibiotics work? They interfere with the bacterial cell wall and therefore prevent bacterial replication. Due to widespread use of these drugs, bacteria have found a way to adapt, by strengthening their own cell walls and by producing enzymes that can inactivate the antibiotic.

Number two, overuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance. Research has shown that up to one-third to one-half of antibiotic use is either unnecessary or inappropriate. Resistant bacteria are stronger and therefore harder to treat.

Antibiotic resistance can also lead up to rise in superbug infections.  Parts of the world where there has been an alarming spread of superbugs include Israel, Greece, India, China and as been reported, also on the rise in Australia.


So, what’s our advice?

  • Never take any medication on your own, before consulting with your doctor.
  • Respect doctor’s advice. Do not insist on getting prescription antibiotics if you suffer from cold, flu, sore throat and other viral infections.
  • If you have any type of viral infection, you should: drink more fluids, get plenty of rest, consult your physician about over-the-counter treatment options that may help reduce symptoms.


The world’s oldest doctor dies at age 105!

Shigeaki Hinohara ( 4 October 1911 – 18 July 2017) was a Japanese physician. This extraordinary man continued with his practice as a doctor even after turning 100 years old. He was highly respected in Japan and was a honorary head of St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo. The cause of death was respiratory failure on July 18th, according to the hospital. He was 105. Hinohara had been suffering from medical conditions affecting his heart and other organs as a result of his age.

He was born in Yamaguchi prefecture in Japan on 4th of October 1911. He graduated from the Kyoto University School of Medicine in 1937. Dr Hinohara also studied at Emory University in the United States. In 1941., he began working at St Luke’s hospital, as a physician. At that time, World War II was in its peak, and Hinohara helped in treatment of victims of the firebombing that destroyed large parts of Tokyo. In 1992. he became the director of St. Luke’s hospital.

In 1970. Dr Hinohara was a passenger on a Japan Airlines plane hijacked by the communist militant group, the Japanese Red Army.The armed hijackers, took 129 hostages on the flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka, later releasing them at Fukuoka and the South Korea capital Seoul. After the incident, he said that the experience changed his view of life, and at that moment he decided to dedicate his whole life to helping others.

During his long career as a physician at St Luke’s hospital, he established and popularized Japan’s practice of annual medical checkups. These comprehensive medical checkups have become standard for many middle-aged Japanese. Hinohara was also an advocate for preventive medicine. He was author of 75 books, including “Living Long, Living Good,” which sold more than a million copies.

In 1995. the cult Aum Shinrikyo used sarin for subway attack in Tokyo. At the time, Dr Hinohara was the director of the hospital, and just year before, he decided to install oxygen tubes throughout the walls of the hospital building, in case of emergency. The measure proved life-saving at the moment of the attack, as the hospital was able to accommodate 640 patients in just 2 hours. All the patients survived, except one.

At the age of 88, he wrote a script for the Japanese musical entitled “The Fall of Freddie the Leaf,” in which he also performed as an actor, alongside children. The show was first performed in 2000, and later had a production off-Broadway in New York in 2010. In 2005. he received the Order of Culture from the Japanese government.

As an remarkable figure representing the active elderly, being a centenarian did not stop Hinohara. He delivered speeches across Japan, which included motivational messages as how anyone can change his/her life at any age. Hinohara’s words have inspired many people, as words of wisdom based on his century-long experience.
“My goal is still far away. I would like to become Japan’s oldest person on record without retiring, as I will keep working from now on,” Hinohara said after his lecture in October 2014. on his 103rd birthday. Until his death Dr. Hinohara remained active, traveling around the country giving lectures and seeing patients.
Dr. Hinohara’s funeral ceremony will be held at St. Luke’s hospital on Saturday afternoon, July 29.

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