“Hippocratic: 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World” – see the film & meet Dr Rajagopal, palliative care legend

Have you heard about the new film, “Hippocratic“, about Nobel Peace Prize nominee and global palliative care hero Dr MR Rajagopal?


From the film-makers:

Hippocratic is a feature-length film exploring the life story of this acclaimed Indian physician, Dr MR Rajagopal.  From cowardly child to fearless visionary, this compelling tale sees its hero come full-circle to rediscover the first principals of medicine.

This exquisite first-person account tells the story of an extraordinary global health leader in Dr MR Rajagopal, or Dr Raj, who is described by the New York Times as ‘the father of palliative care in India’.

Dr Raj is a small man with a big dream: a pain-free India.

His mission is to bring ethical practice to modern medicine through whole person care.  To achieve this he must provide universal access to essential, and heavily restricted, pain medicines.

Hence, this spiritual leader of ethical medicine now shares the story of his life’s work.  Reflecting on effecting change and relieving unnecessary human suffering in a country of 1.25 billion people, almost one sixth of the world’s population. Continue reading

Is the health system designed to crush the creativity and spirit of health professionals?

Do you ever feel like health professional education and the health system are designed to take talented, intelligent, creative individuals and turn them into machines with no ability to innovate? Do you find yourself banging your head against a wall when even the smallest change for improvement requires hours of paperwork (that you probably submitted via fax), approval by numerous committees and months of waiting? Do you feel trapped in a health care silo? Do you feel ridiculous attending “multidisciplinary” meetings when the multiple disciplines are merely different specialties within your own profession?

If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes”, please keep reading. Continue reading