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Author Archive: Krishna Mahathi

The Strength in Supportive Therapy

Children evaluated in the developmental paediatrics department are guided to a multidisciplinary therapeutic environment that usually involves one or more of these—physiotherapy, occupational...

Protecting your Child’s Health during the Monsoons

Monsoon Musings Double standards do not agitate me anymore. I have come to believe that most of us have three sets of standards: one that we set for ourselves and rationalise if we don’t attain,...

Life lessons from exceptional parents

“Being a survivor doesn’t mean being strong – it’s telling people when you need a meal or a ride, company, whatever. It’s paying attention to heart wisdom, feelings, not...

Lessons from the Learning Disability Clinic

“Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of...

Decoding the doctor’s prescription: why we prescribe the way we do!

My mother pasted this poem on my cupboard the day I was enrolled into medical college: “Celebrated authors across the land Wield the pen like a magic wand But the words of greatest admiration Are...

Fever in children

Thermoregulation is the name given to the process that allows the human body to maintain its core (or internal) temperature even when the surrounding temperature is very different. Normal body...

THE CONUNDRUM OF SWOLLEN TONSILS AND ADENOIDS

“Never in the history of medicine have so many physicians owed so much economic security to a single operation as tonsillectomy.” (Lyman Richards, Quoted in The New York Times,1953)...

Apprehending Asthma

“We always hope for the easy fix: the one simple change that will erase a problem in a stroke. But few things in life work this way. Instead, success requires making a hundred small steps go right...

Fighting the flu through vaccination

“When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our...

The Common Cold

  My adored English teacher in primary school inspired most of us in her class to become fascinated with poetry. I remember one particular poem “The Common Cold” written by A.P...