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HEALTH VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

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HEALTH VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN


     I got an idea to create this write-up on an area where I see violence against women. It is not necessary to overstress the fact that violence need not only be physical. It can be mental, emotional, and sexual and now I wish to introduce this concept of health violence.


Health Violence: What is that?


     Our traditional perception of violence is use of force exerted for the purpose of violating, damaging, or abusing. For us violence is usually physical, mental or emotional. However there are other forms of violence also in any given society. I am introducing here a concept of violence not found in traditional paradigms. It is the concept of health violence. Briefly, it can be any act on the part of the society in general and family members and “friends” in particular which can violate health of a human being is health violence. In reference to health violence against women, this seems to be very big challenge to the right-minded people. This is because…

Micronutrient Supplementation in Pregnancy: How much rational?

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Micronutrient Supplementation in Pregnancy: How much rational?




Introduction:                 It is strange but true that in many aspects of clinical practice, the decision-making on prescribing a drug is based on the information provided by pharmaceutical companies and their representatives who are ubiquitously surrounding us. Micro-nutrient supplementation in pregnancy is one such aspect where many a times, the pharmaceutical companies have a tendency to overhype an agent. Their overhype tends to get potentiated by our laziness in keeping our information updated. Ultimately this brings us dangerously close to being irrational in prescribing these agents. The purpose of this write-up is to make one sensitive to the current evidence based thinking in prescribing different micronutrient in clinical practice of obstetrics.
Vitamin A supplementation during pregnancy:                 Background: The World Health Organization recommends routine vitamin A  supplementationduring pregnancy or lac…

My top 5 reasons for rejecting a manuscript

My top 5 reasons for rejecting a manuscript
My hundredth paper just got published in a peer-reviewed journal the other day. Having been on editorial board and peer-reviewed for many journals myself for nearly two decades now and having reviewed hundreds of papers for both international as well as national journals,  I felt it is time to go through all papers that I have rejected in this avatar of mine. I have preserved all papers that I have reviewed. Having had studied them carefully I have crystallized the reasons of rejection and am sharing top 5 of them with you. Should you have any queries on this you are most welcome to email me. You can also contact me through my website www.drpankajdesai.com. It is possible that you may find understanding this matter difficult, but then writing and reviewing a top-class research paper is a highly technical matter. Can’t make it any easier!
1. Matched cohort hidden as a case-control study:
This happens quite often with papers submitted to third an…

Film BOL: Pakistani women will wipe out terrorism

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Many years before, on my first visit to Australia as a visiting professor there I had a set of very bright undergraduate students whom I had to teach. Gujarat Communal riots were fresh in memory.  A Vietnamese student asked me – “You come from Gujarat?” to which I said “yes”. She further asked “Wasn’t this the place where the recent violence took place?” To this I said “Yes”. Bright girl that this student was she further remarked something which was thought provoking. “How is it that in the land of Gandhi does one sees this type of violence?” I do not know if she understood what I said in my reply “Gandhi is most relevant in Gujarat”.  As time has passed I have found this to be very true. Ram is most relevant and has to be born in India. Yitzhak Rabin is most relevant and has to be born in Israel and Martin Luther King is most relevant in U.S.A. It is in the most contrasting or opposite environments that apostles who epitomize sensibility become relevant.
          I see such a role an…