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26th June 2018
Battery vs negligent non-disclosure

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

A ‘battery’ action is an action for a "touching" to which the patient did not agree i.e. touching without permission. So, even if the procedure was technically successful, the doctor may still be liable for a claim of battery.

In negligent non-disclosure, the patient says that he gave permission i.e. he signed the consent form, but the doctor did not give him the complete information about the proposed procedure and the risks and benefits. The four elements of medical negligence must however be shown by the patient: Duty, breach of duty (failure to meet the minimal standard of care), injury and a causal association between the breach of duty and the injury occurred, which is shown when the patient reasonably declares that he would have refused to undergo the procedure had he or she known the true nature of the risks. If all four are proven, the physician is then liable for the tort of negligent nondisclosure.... read more

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Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 26th June 2018

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ASH to collaborate on guidelines on management of von Willebrand disease

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Robotic surgery as good as open surgery, says study

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Urgent need to dispel myths surrounding Vitiligo in India
Stress-busting techniques and a diet rich in copper and B12 beneficial in this condition
New Delhi, 25 June 2018: About 2% to 5% of the Indian population is affected by vitiligo, a condition which has deep social stigma attached to it. This is primarily because in people affected by vitiligo, white spots or patches appear on the skin. On World Vitiligo Day, there is a need to create awareness on the fact that although it is a medical condition, vitiligo is not contagious. There is an urgent need to remove such myths and accord equal respect and help to those with this condition.

Vitiligo is a skin disease that occurs when pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in skin die or lose their function. Due to this, the normal skin color is lost, and the person develops pale, depigmented skin patches that can affect any part of the body, including the mouth, hair and eyes. It is more noticeable in people with darker skin.

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