||The medical sciences and the Indian society.
||J INDIAN MED ASSOC 1961, 1, 22-25.
The rapid rate of development in science and technology
in recent years, particularly, in mass communications has posed
a great challenge to the Indian society. Welfare of the society
can no longer be dependent on the totally inadequate and ill-defined
"philanthropy" of charitable institutions and condescending
moneyed men. Political changes must be accompanied with radical
social changes, if social unrest is to be avoided. This requires
a comprehensive social plan, of which medical and public health
services form an important component. Medical social planning calls
for a total change in the concepts in the teaching, research, and
practice in the medical sciences. In the teaching of social medicine,
more emphasis must be laid on the adequate utilisation of the already
available knowledge for the good of the entire society. The main
trend in medical research must be to get such basic knowledge about
social medicine. Medical personnel inculcated with such a knowledge
about social medicine will, in turn, determine the pattern of medical
practice. Further, the administration in medical and public health
services must get tuned to this social bias so as to extend the
maximum aid to the newly oriented medical and para-medical personnel
working in the various health services.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL MEDICINE; INDIA.