Modern hand surgery is a miracle. The techniques and procedures I am trained in today involve rebuilding bones and joints, re-implanting severed fingers, and restoring function even after the hand has been catastrophically destroyed. The hand is such an intimate part of the body, and to be able to return the use of a hand to someone who has lost it is very moving and satisfying.
Prescribing antibiotics when they shouldn’t be leads to bacteria developing resistance. In Vietnam, though, it goes one stage further. Here you can buy the drugs straight out of the pharmacy. Words by Edward Dalton
Dr. Suresh Rangarajan has joined the Victoria Healthcare My My Clinic (79 Dien Bien Phu, Q1), offering care to adults, adolescents and children.
I don’t have fully fledged trypanophobia (fear of needles), but I’m far from composed when faced with an injection. The usual procedure when I encounter one of those sadistic syringes is to avert my eyes and let out a faint whinny as it pierces my skin.