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Movie Screening to celebrate and acknowledge World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

Described by the New York Times as ‘the father of palliative care in India’ and the recipient of Human Rights Watch’s most revered endowment. Raj is also an outspoken critic of the modern medical industry. “One of the ills of the modern medical system is that is does not seem to understand what its purpose is. Hippocrates said that a doctor’s duty is to cure sometimes, treat often, and to comfort always.

Unfortunately, all the effort nowadays is at curing. If cure is not possible, we keep on attacking the disease. Even in a patient with advanced cancer, or a person with stroke whose brain has been totally destroyed, shutting him up inside an intensive care unit, putting him on life support systems when he is trying to say farewell to the world – without the human touch, not able to see his relatives, not able to say goodbye to his son or grandchild, or his father or mother – that is a real tragedy.”

Hippocratic, a feature documentary film slated for global theatrical release in 2017, tells the remarkable life story of Dr Raj in an intimate, immersive and powerful first person account revealing how returning to the first principles of medical practice has the power to revolutionise the modern health care system.

By reminding physicians about the fundamental principles of ethical medical practice, Hippocratic creates an opportunity to reflect on how the experiences of patients and their families are also being impacted (and in some cases destroyed) by this industrial and cultural shift.

The Indian experience brings this in sharp focus and is the canary in the coal mine for the rest of the world. Equally, Raj’s example provides hope and an opportunity for future medical professionals to adopt the principles of ethical medicine from their first day of residency.

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