Dr M.R. Rajagopal
HIPPOCRATIC - 18 EXPERIMENTS IN GENTLY SHAKING THE WORLD
Dr Raj is a small man with a big dream: a pain-free India.
His mission is to bring ethical practice to modern medicine through whole person care and universal access to morphine – the essential, but heavily restricted, narcotic pain medicine.
Now, this spiritual leader of ethical medicine shares the story of his life’s work, reflecting on effecting change in a country of 1.2 billion people – where corruption is rife, bureaucracy is suffocating and the unregulated ‘medical industry’ is driving millions of vulnerable families into financial ruin every year.
The Hippocratic Oath is a solemn pledge taken by physicians inspired by ancient Greek medical texts. It articulates the key principles of ethical medicine…. and it has largely been forgotten by today’s medical graduates. “Some of you who are listening today are medical students or nursing students. You would have possibly taken a Hippocratic Oath – some of you would have taken it seriously. For some like me it was just a ritual, I was not touched by it because it seemed too idealistic and impractical. It was so contradictory to what I saw practiced around me.”
Professor MR Rajagopal, better known as ‘Dr Raj’, fell into medicine – a happy accident. He’s now one of the field’s most respected physicians, described by the New York Times as ‘the father of palliative care in India’ and the recipient of Human Rights Watch’s most revered endowment. Raj is also an outspoken critic of the modern medical industry. “One of the ills of the modern medical system is that is does not seem to understand what its purpose is. Hippocrates said that a doctor’s duty is to cure sometimes, treat often, and to comfort always. Unfortunately, all the effort nowadays is at curing. If cure is not possible, we keep on attacking the disease. Even in a patient with advanced cancer, or a person with stroke whose brain has been totally destroyed, shutting him up inside an intensive care unit, putting him on life support systems when he is trying to say farewell to the world – without the human touch, not able to see his relatives, not able to say goodbye to his son or grandchild, or his father or mother – that is a real tragedy.”
Hippocratic, a feature documentary film slated for global theatrical release in 2017, tells the remarkable life story of Dr Raj in an intimate, immersive and powerful first person account revealing how returning to the first principles of medical practice has the power to revolutionise the modern health care system.http://hippocraticfilm.com