I sat glued to the channel where the anchor was grilling a Quack who proudly claimed he had a ‘cure’ for the ‘third gender’ promising them a better future in their married life. He substantiated his claims mentioning statistics of successful cases. All this he said with a straight face while the whole world was watching.And as the grilling continued with the other doctors on the panel supporting the anchor and decrying the Quack’s claims , the latter became more and more defensive with a slight change in his tune saying he cannot refuse to treat patients when they ‘voluntarily’ seek his advise.
At the end of the discussion I admired the Quack for his confidence and courage to appear on a visual medium which could result In cancellation of his license by the Medical Council of India .Probably he was prepared to take the risk, I thought. I couldn’t help being reminded of the cases that were botched up by so called specialists in large hospitals in our city. Will they have the courage to admit their mistakes on a visual medium and run the risk of getting their licenses cancelled? I wonder if such a day will come in our country. Well, the title of this post is not confined to Quacks alone!