Dr Jayan Jose Thomas, economist, New Delhi

Photo courtesy: Dr Jayan Jose Thomas

I subscribe to four newspapers and check a couple more online some days. I read a lot of strong opinion against the death penalty for rape and I probably tend to go along with that.

The death penalty can only take us backwards. It is not going to deter rapists. Rape is more complicated than that. Punishment to a certain extent can help, but more important is education and going to the root of this issue.

Look at the background of the perpetrators. Some of the international media delved into this kind of socio-economic analysis. …

Rosamma Kuriakose, homemaker, Idukki, Kerala

Rosamma Kuriakose, with one of her granddaughters. Photo: Tarshish Kurien

I read the Malayala Manorama every single day because news nowadays is very eventful.

When I was a child, there was the radio, but there was no compulsion to know news, like it is now. We walked 2–3 km to school without being concerned about safety. Older boys helped us up cliffs and over streams. We didn’t worry about their motives. Those were non-eventful times — while these are times when we can’t step outside without fear.

Just yesterday, I read about a beautiful working girl who was murdered, then run over four times by her jilted lover. I don’t…

Surgeon. Startup Entrepreneur. Author. Lifelong Student & Educator.

By Anna Thomas

Bangalore’s start up culture infects the busiest of its citizens and leaves them feverishly wanting to do more.

Take Dr. Farman Ali, 28, who launched Docfort Pulse, India’s first newsletter for medicos, along with a certificate course in medical journalism, at St. Joseph’s College on Feb 22.

Dr. Ali turned entrepreneur after a year of mentoring nearly 500 students from different medical colleges. That turned into an education start up idea which won Big Idea, a start up competition, last year. “I want to provide students with the guidance…

Magician of the Heart

American cardiovascular surgeon and surgical pioneer whose gift for innovation led to a series of medical breakthroughs

PC: Associated Press

By Meghna Anand

In 1932, an instructor asked a young medical student called Michael Debakey to find a pump that would study pulse waves in arteries.

Debakey went on to combine older pumps and rubber tubing into one that served the instructor’s purpose. He called it a roller pump.

In his initial days as a doctor, Debakey used the pump to transfer blood directly from a donor to a patient as there were no blood banks at that time.

20 years after that defining assignment in Tulane University, USA, Michael Debakey’s roller pump found its place in medical history as a crucial part of the heart-lung machine that made open heart surgery a reality….

(Read more of Meghna Anand’s story on the upcoming issue of http://www.docfortmeducation.com/pulse/).

Medical students participate in Media Action Against Rape (MAAR)

By Spurthi Venkatesh

Journalism professors from Bournemouth University (UK) held a briefing on MAAR News Tracker in April at Docfort Academy, Bangalore.

NewsTracker is a community blogging project with which Docfort medical journalism students will intern during their course. It is part of a larger research and capacity building project titled Media Action Against Rape and Sexual Violence (MAAR), led by Bournemouth University and UNESCO New Delhi.

The briefing focused on how to make rape reporting a credible effort and clinically correct, thus playing a significant role in shaping our rape…

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