Stress relief: PGI docs enjoy medicine vs astrology debate

Sep 02 2012, 02:23 IST
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SummaryWhat began as a Saturday talk, to break the daily monotony, soon transcended into an earnest debate on medical science and astrology.

What began as a Saturday talk, to break the daily monotony, soon transcended into an earnest debate on medical science and astrology. Throw the doctors of the the region’s lone tertiary care institute, PGIMER and a well known city astrologer, P Khurrana in to the mix, and you have a heady mix.

On Saturday, when the two came face to face at the PGI’s jam-packed auditorium, everybody in the audience from doctors, research scholars, nursing staff, the general public and people from all walks of life, were all ears.

Invited under a iPGI initiative, Saturday talk, aimed at breaking the monotony of doctors’ busy routine, P Khurrana, in his address to the audience, said that astrology and medicine have no conflict of interest. Astrology is about faith healing, its about science of human relationships. Of course, one cannot predict illness by looking at someone’s bio-data or kundli. But many times, adding a number or an alphabet, to one’s name, helps. It adds the healing touch.

He said lot of people including filmstars, businessmen, politicians and people in general have lot of faith in astrology but at the same time, one should not believe too much in astrology, he added in the same breath addressing the audience.

He said astrology is not hundred percent correct and out of all the predictions, 70 per cent predictions come true. He said, at the same time, no science is hundred percent correct, neither the medical science nor astrology. But one should definitely explore astrology as well on the lines of other sciences.

After he finished his talk, and the house was open for questions, all the hands went up. From head of the departments to emeritus professors to Ph.D students to technical staff members, everyone wanted to know answers to their queries.

Dr K S Chugh, former head of the Nephrology department and now emeritus professor asked the key speaker as to how astrology was involved in faith healing and benefiting patients . Dr S Parbhakar, head of the Neurology department asked Khurrana if he can foretell illnesses? To this, Khurrana replied in negative.

Amidst the volley of questions, Dr S K Jindal, head of the department of pulmonary medicine, said that one must not be so hostile towards astrology. The whole idea of getting together and participating in discussions was to listen to each other’s point of view, referring to medical

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