The Wrong Prescription – A conversation with the writer Dr. Manoj Kapoor

The Wrong Prescription

Dr. Manoj Kapoor of the famed ‘The Wrong Prescription‘ has attempted to step out of the straitjacket with his tongue in cheek version of real life. The book discourses building up gradual sincerity for an issue the author seeks answer to, with hilarious examples.

The Wrong Prescription - BookHow would you define ‘The Wrong Prescription?’

It’s a fantastic book presented in a humorous fashion so that my fraternity does not feel offended. I have just touched the tip of the iceberg and much more wrong things are going on. After the book, Aamir Khans’ program Satyamev Jayate highlighted it, there was a lot of hue and cry but no answers were provided to the malady which my book has put forth.

From doctor to writer, how was your journey so far, personally and professionally? Which moment in the book remains closest to your heart that you would like answers to?

The book has helped me mentally and it was great to receive response from all age groups. I realized that truth and honesty pays in the long run. As I have mentioned that the result of my honest practice is showing when actually the need of that success (read money) is not so attractive. Both my sons have opted out of medicine as a career as they saw our struggle. I am now sought after as a versatile person and an honest guide and council. People come to me for the medical part and the guidance part. So the doctor- author and author- doctor journey has become complimentary and synergistic. Answers to only one question—Is the doctor and the establishment needs to be a 5 star facility to treat the masses successfully and why is glamour now become a vital cog to portray success. Why is marketing more important than the quality of the product?

It’s very akin to the concept of sugar-coated medicament’s perhaps.  To let people know the crude form, first their attention needs to be captured. Hope we get, answers from a wider readership to your question. How do think young startups can be encouraged? What is the present scenario when an amateur enters any field?

The wider audience may end up giving an answer. The problem is not hiding the bitterness of a medicine by sugar when the bitter product is known to be the best. Here the quality is there but the bad taste is to be camouflaged for the acceptance. We are talking of no quality but business acumen and a swank aesthetic look dictating the patient inflow. In the long run quality which may be bitter and not sugar coated matters. It is like giving a beautifully shaped placebo in a lovely packing knowing well that the medicine will never work but the gullible patient says wow what a medicine.

Startups should first know whether they are entering the profession because of the social value, the earning potential or because they can buy a seat or whether it is dynastic rule and a seat needs to be occupied. Secondly, there are no short cuts in this field and like all other fields there is no alternative to hard work. Thirdly hard work in this field does not mean books and theoretical knowledge. The patient is the best teacher and time spent in wards and with the patients pays the maximum dividends. Fourthly, the eyes will see what the mind knows, so, clinical judgment is far more important than the new modality of investigation leading to a diagnosis. If they rely on the investigation to lead them to a diagnosis it will be disaster once in a while. It does not mean ‘no’ investigation. It means relevant investigations supporting the clinical judgment rather than the other way. Finally, if you do not know what it is, tell the patient!! You may lose him then but he will come back to you for your honesty. Be transparent. Be candid. Do not look at the patient as a money-making proposition. Look at him as a long term investment. Money is important but not earned using wrong means. Don’t be god or think that you can compete with him. Be humble and let God look after you so that you can look after his subjects.

You have highlighted the issue, what do you think can be the solution to it?

We should take away the capitation colleges and not medical education is a commercial venture. The students wanting to enter the profession should be counseled before they decide on their final destination. They should be made to understand that the non-tangible gains in this profession far out stretches the cash gain. Job satisfaction and respect is far more than any other profession. The money earning should be a byproduct of genuine services. A campaign has to be launched that the noble profession should not be turned into a business. The lop-sided government insurance policy of medical claim which has resulted in corruption should be revisited and rethought off, as it has exploited the doctors, which in turn has made the doctors exploit the company. Many other things which will make this paper very long but the essential crux is presented.

What are your favorite browsing site/sites? Which technology compliments one best?

Very fond of Wikipedia and read the contents of anything I want to learn about. For my medical needs I use different sites after Google for things I want to learn about. I am not very computer savvy. I do have a Facebook, LinkedIn account but normally do not browse it.

It was lovely having a conversation with you sir, any advice for amateur starters?

Yes. Whatever you are doing is probably your passion, always follow your passion. Do not see the obstacles. Do not feel scared treading a path which has never been walked upon. [highlight]If you are passionate and honest in what you do, the fear of success or failure will never be the deciding factor of what you ultimately achieve.[/highlight] Its failure initially which leads to glorious success later. Hope this message reaches masses and more readers benefit.