It was that time when the headlines screamed of feticide of the female child in Beed district of Maharashtra and during such turbulent times when girls were brutally murdered in their mother’s uterus, we were sitting around in the department and talking about the prejudices, discrimination and ignorance of the rural and illiterate folk. In comes Savitribai, the patient allotted to us for history taking.
I presumed that she must have prized her son more than her daughters. How wrong was I! Prejudice prevented me from forming a rapport with my patient but the old lady in all her wisdom helped me realise my mistake. But this is just one incident, there are countless others in my fledgeling career and I’m guessing there will be many more in the years to come because while we attempt to take their history and learn about their ailments they end up teaching us life lessons.