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The story of a young man

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Author(s): Ajai R. Singh

Journal: Mens Sana Monographs
ISSN 0973-1229

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1-3;
Start page: 39;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Psychiatry | Publications list | Research projects | Awards | orations | posts | groupism | politics | Indian psychiatry

ABSTRACT
A bright young man decided he wanted to make the removal of suffering his mission. He also loved to understand human nature. So he chose psychiatry as his branch.He studied hard. He mastered his textbooks, he attended the lectures and tutorials, he attended the ward rounds and grand rounds, he took and presented case histories, he admired his teachers, he looked up to the greats in his field with awe.He wanted to do research and went about it in right earnest. But when the time came for publication, he was not the principal author. The Head of department was. He wanted to pursue further research, but his Head was interested in clinical trials that got money for the department, and free sponsored trips for him. The young man too got the sponsored trips to conferences to present papers. And since his Head was well known, his papers were appreciated, and got him further opportunities. The pharmaceutical companies took charge of financial matters, and he learnt the tricks of the trade quickly.He wanted posts and publications, and his flexible nature and compliant attitude with his bosses ensured both. He got to know what was current coin in his field and starting mouthing it on suitable occasions in conferences, seminars and workshops to get approving nodes from seniors. He started climbing the ropes first gradually, then with greater speed. He enjoyed the heady feel of success as he ascended up the ladder, knowing and learning quickly which side the bread was buttered. And also learned whose feathers not to ruffle, and whom to cozy with.His publications list swelled, his invitations to CMEs and as speaker at other forums increased. All the time what he had learnt from his bosses served as a torchbearer.[No abstract available.]
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