From time immemorial medical profession has been adopted by the saints and the holy men. The doctor has always been considered to be a Messiah or a Luqman. Later on medical profession was adopted by God-fearing and deeply religious men who wanted to protect and save the humanity from pain and suffering. They fought against diseases with a missionary zeal. Naturally this profession is not meant for people who love to live a life luxury and comfort. No doubt, a doctor must have all the amenities of modern loving. But recently some black sheep have entered this noble profession. A person who is bent upon making more and more money out of disease and misery of helpless patients is not fit to be called a doctor. He is worst than a butcher.
A doctor leads a very busy life. He has to devote some time for study of latest medical literature in order to update his professional skill and knowledge. For this purpose he has to buy new books and medical journals. He has to attend medical seminars arranged by government or private sector.
He expresses his views, tells about his experience and observation to the audience. If he is a senior doctor or a specialist he has to teach the medical students and junior doctors. In the respect, he is a scholar and a teacher.
A doctor has to spend most of his time among patients in the hospital or in his private clinic. He can spare a very little time for his wife and children. Meeting his old friends and visiting his relatives is out of question. They all complain of his busy life. If anyone of them has to seen him, he can see him in the hospital or in his clinic. He has no social contacts and he cannot enjoy social life. He is expected to be available to the good and to the evil. His profession demands that he should have no ill-will toward anyone.
Even if an enemy is brought to him for treatment, he shows sympathy to him and gives him right sort of treatment. Even at night, he has to get up and visit patients who need immediate help.
A doctor has to live very careful good moral life. He has to examine his patients carefully and prescribe the best possible medicine.
If he does not command good reputation, patients will not like to visit him. His slight mistake or carelessness in diagnosing the disease or recipe might cause great complications. He is always hopeful and encourages and consoles the patients.
There are some dark aspects of the life of a doctor. He suggests a number of laboratory tests at random. He does not pay so much attention as he ought to pay. He charges high consultation fee.
He compels a patient to come to his private clinic if he or she wishes to be admitted in the government-run hospital. He prescribes some pain killer, antibiotics, tonics and some sleep-inducing drugs. This is professional miss-conduct.
In the end, we can say that a doctor’s life is an angelic life if he is not greedy and immoral. A doctor’s life is a series of opportunities of serving and helping his fellow-men.
His life is a blessing for the human race and also for animals. He deserves great respect and tribute because of his sincere services. A true doctor gets satisfaction out of his work and never runs after money.
Written By: Syed Faiz Mujtaba