#ArztForACause medical awareness with Art
We at MedTatva [ https://medtatva.com ], have been trying to solve accessibility to healthcare and diagnostic tools by using technology.
Past few days we have put together the best recommendations from CDC and WHO to build a symptom checker that is simple and which could be completed in less than a minute by a non-medical person.
*my Teachers said …*
My routine broke, as they hushed “Don’t !!”,
Muffled voices echoing faintly across time,
Didn’t care listen, in a hurry, who has time ?
Am in hustle to put one upon my fellowmen,
To Conquer .. the conquest and the victory,
Surrender and subjugation, The Happiness …
But nature cares, for a mother can’t but,
When she sees her child wandering thus,
Her patience for the truants runs short,
Her rebuke, a gentle slap of no avail as she,
Unleashes pestilence, her stormtroopers,
To sweep, clean the home; they do, ruthless,
It seems best is to stay put, clear off streets,
Voice low, no splurge and abide in quiet self,
Closetted with partners and one’s own clan,
Coccooned in quiet contemplation on the ills,
Waiting for her anger to wash over the kind,
It’s message is to mend ; stark one too ..
Seems my teachers said, about this too,
The material, evanescent like the wealth,
It seems he said a time would come, when,
The money is not worth the paper it’s in print,
What to say of success, more than the King,
Who’s mortal hand, as empty as a newborn,
As his mortal was led down the street lined,
Seems they said much more ; now real too…
It is time to hear those faint echoes of time,
Ancients, strange habits seem so in tune,
Let’s put our ears on the ground, let’s listen,
To the faint voices of teachers across time,
For we can hear it better as troopers near..
This sod tosses hapless, to the left and then to the right,
As the Lord’s poetic beauty pulls at it, to have it whole,
He pulls at it with his beloved’s and their poetic beau,
Written on palm, written by him, timeless, faded but kept alive,
Sung by devout, heard by this sod, loved by all,
Helplessly pulled to the beloved it sings,
Like the garland tossed worn once and then twice,
First to the right and then to the left,
Each as beautiful as other, What to choose,
Between the fathomless fire and the conch’s grace,
‘Tis the last month of the westerners days,
With his twelve books under lock,
The Lord in his grace and yearn,
To meet his beloved and unite,
As a morning lore to the sleeping devout,
Sung by friends to raise her to union,
Thus the song goes sung by the Lord,
This month where he yearns his children back,
How beautiful is the next month, when a child sings,
Waiting for his Grace to swoop down on holy bird,
The union she craves, to her Lord she prays, alas,
To the lover demigod she then beseeches and then to her brother,
One month and then the next she waits for her Lord,
His grace does come and she does unite, as,
They call him to receive the palm leaves he scribed,
As Sun moves North after it’s sojourn south,
He moves me from south up to the north,
The south facing Lord pushes my swing,
As it sails north to the hands of the Lord with the conch,
The new rice boils over, sweet jaggery crusted,
Thimble can’t contain the ocean that swells forth.
Maarghazhi is the Tamil month which falls between December – January. Thaai is the next and Maasi after it.
These three months also coincide with excursion of the Sun and it’s travel north, uttaraayana, as per Indian calendar. This is considered auspicious. The festivals of Samkraanthi and associated Tamil festival of Pongal, Paavai Nonbu, Manmadan Nonbu are all done at this time.
Paavai Nonbu, Manmadan Nonbu are Vaishnavite vows where they simulate Aandaal, a lady Vaishnavite saint of Tamil Nadu and her intense longing to unite with Vishnu.
Similarly in Shavite tradition this month is a time where the twelve Thirumurai books are kept under lock and only a section from Thrivaasagam, the ThiruvenPaavai composed by Saint Manickavaasagar is sung. This is a long followed tradition.
Thiruppavai sung by Saint Aandaal and ThiruvenPaavai sung by Saint Manickavaasagar are Vaishnavite and Shaivite hymns that attract the devotee with sheet poetic beauty and surprisingly composed around the same theme raising the devotee to an union with the beloved.
I think this retweet and re-poll is a fair question to ask when the #NMC bill has been passed and the Indian Medical Association which is supposedly formed to protect the rights of the practicing doctor (Modern Medicine in India) has asked Doctors all over India to strike work today
Has really the IMA been proactive with regards to NMC ?
Has it really shown a similar protest like the one whcih was witnessed when goons protected by the West Bengal CM beat up a doctor ?
Is indeed the doctor community itself aware of the NMC bill and what it contains ?
Has the striking doctors read the whole bill or is the whole thing just a blind leading the blind / coercion of professional aquaintance ?
I am surprised that in far away land, this poll that I chanced on asks similar questions about their medical association.
You can find the poll below…
Delighted to announce an #Art Project with Dr. Suresh (Director , #Neurologist , #ICCONS) , Dr. Sekar Michael ( #PediatricAnesthetist, ICCONS) and Dr. Easwar TR (#PediatricOrthopedic & Spine Surgeon , ICCONS) as #FundRaising campaign for treatment of children with #CerebralPalsy, #MovementDisorders, #ChronicPain and #Autism. This will be an ongoing project. #ArtForACause
Ode to The Monkey:
India’s tryst with Yoga is deep rooted in symbolism and runs deep into its spiritual classics, poetry, theory, ritualistic practice, grand-mother story telling and visual art forms.
I am Shiva : A tribute to an unmoving belief. An examination of ones belief in these testing times of Kerala Floods, Death and Destruction.
It was late in the day, i was standing at driveway gate turning off the lights to my clinic. I just glanced across the road where the indoor stadia is. This is where young college kids are working round the clock , selflessly for the flood victims. They receive relief materials sent across the border and sort it. Authorities are scant, but I’m told the work is supervised.
I was struck how a fracturing society had gelled by a near cataclysm.
My two lines worth were penned then
I titled it my kerala (ente keralam )
Boy are we joyous !
Our MITRA Medical Trust is now 4 years old.
This August 5th we are marking this event with the first public function at #Palakkad, #Kerala with dignitaries and beneficiaries.
We started on this journey 4 years ago, just a little band of friends who managed to get together after 20 years of separation after high school thanks to the newly emerging social networking services of Orkut, Facebook and Whatsapp.
The joy of getting back together about 20 years after out 10th class was marked with a reunion function and post-reunion, we sublimated the camaraderie by resolving to form MITRA, a medical trust to help poor people with treatment.
MITRA stands for Medical Intervention Treatment and Rehabilitation Assistance. Our goal is to lend a helping hand via our internal contributions (as much as possible) to the needy for medical treatment and/or rehabilitation.
Overtime, with the grace of almighty, love of our well wishers we could achieve this and much more. We have been blessed to have the good fortune of delivering help to almost 75 poor patient across a range of diseases disbursing as much as 24 lakh of Indian Rupees. No mean effort considering most of this was from our own internal donations.
A celebration was in order !!
This is then the first ever public function of the Trust. Mr. P.R.Seshadri , MD, Karur Vysya Bank , Mr. M. B. Rajesh MP, Mr. Shaif Parambil MLA, Ms. Pramila Sasidharan, Municipal Chairperson, Palakkad and Father Paul Thekkiniyath will grace the function.
As a practicing Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, I am called to meeting to present my work. This involves presenting to peers, co-workers, patients and parents of children I care for. Each of these presentations will be with a different focus on a particular topic.
While this is not an uncommon scenario, the solution to create a reusable presentation slides using #OpenSourceSoftware tailored to individual audience is. Most doctors are not familiar with programming environment and shy away from anything that is not WYSIWYG. They rely on good old #PowerPoint / #Keynote to save them. At the most some of them may try and use the clunkly #LibreOffice or #OpenOffice if they want to stick to OpenSource. Recently with advent of tools like Prezi, media heavy interactive presentations have become popular. The popular presentation softwares of KeyNote, PowerPoint have also spruced up their animations and transitions to enable them to look more attractive. Still the WYSIWYG nature of these and point-and-click makes them very slow. We could achieve better, faster and more attractive results with using #FOSS tools.
What I use now
For the past few years I’ve been using a combo of
- #LaTeX via #beamer class
- #RevealJS ,
- #Emacs, Org-Mode, org-reveal
- #HTML5 and #CSS3
- FOSS Image and Video editing softwares as required to arrange the media. I mainly use GIMP, InkScape, KdenLive, OpenShot, HandBrake to arrange my media and encode them.
My choice depends on the demands of the presentation.
For media heavy, especially video heavy presentations I use RevealJS. For presentations that are more of less static with few videos I tend to use Beamer / LaTeX. What I note below are my experiences as I tried to create a smooth workflow that could replace PowerPoint ( or KeyNote / LibreOffice ) as a tool to create #Medical Presentations.
I will detail my workflow to create simple fast layout using Emacs and RevealJS without handcoding of JS and HTML. We will be relying on the RevealJS, Emacs, Org-Mode and ox-reveal package to do the lifting.
Disclaimer : Even though it doesn’t need programming knowledge, ability to use Emacs is a must for this workflow. It is preferable that one is on a Linux OS as the attempt is to go all #FOSS here.
so, here goes ….
To create an visually impressive medical presentation using non Power Point open source (FOSS) softwares.
- Emacs (24.3 or greater)
- Chrome Browser
- Open source video codecs on the system
Why this and not PowerPoint ?
Over the years Medical Conference presentations have got mature and old tools have got boring. Varied audiences, topics, media content , interactivity required, transitions and animations to keep audiences interested have all changed.
PowerPoint with it’s traditional set of tools is boring to say the least. The point and click interface is slow by comparison to plain text typing. This seems counter intuitive to PowerPoint pandits but I’ve found that once the media is arranged and readied, once can create more far more attractive presentations with the tools mentioned above.
As far as medical presentations go, the video presentations embedded PowerPoint / LibreOffice have a habit of breaking on stage. I have seen numerous instances of this happening.
And, of course PowerPoint costs 💰💰
It is also Closed Source making it difficult to edit and reproduce when you are with a system where it is not installed.
Okay, but why Emacs, why indeed ?
Emacs is Open Source
Emacs is stable
Emacs is good
Emacs is better than #Vim
Emacs has un-paralleled number of extensions and programming support
Emacs has Org-mode…
Okay, So why org-mode, what has that got to do with presentations ?
org-mode is cool
org-mode is simple text
org-mode can be manipulated anywhere with text-editor
It can be extended with other tools like org-reveal
Hm, Okay, but why Reveal.js ?
An actively developed FOSS Tool with a community
Allows 2D stacking of slides permitting nesting
Plugins and all the JS/CSS/HTML5 goodies can be integrated
Very good slider-presenter notes
PDF export option for handouts
Very nice transitions and animations
Good builtin themes and literally infinite customisation options as per CSS
Works very well with slide-projectors and remote tools to advance slides
Okay, but why use org-mode / org-reveal with Reveal.js ?
Org-mode is cool, easy, transparent text typing
org-mode is structured and nested just like a regular presentations would be
One can easily do a text-only sketch of a presentations by typing out a few lines of text in org–mode formatting and out put a neatly animated stacked presentation in Reveal.js
If one were to code HTML and JS with Reveal.js, it would be considerably opaque, with HTML markup and JS obscuring the structural details of the presentation.
By integrating org-mode, org-reveal and reveal.js we are integrating all that is good in respective tools while sticking to what the non-programmer user ( an average medical professional ) would like to do – type text and structure the presentation.
So, How to go about making one ?
Part 1 : Preparing the ground
Step 1 :
Install GNU-Emacs > 24.3
Step 2 :
Update package-archives and use Melpa archive.
Step 3 :
Install ox-reveal package
Step 4 :
‘require(ox-reveal) in your .emacs file
Step 5 :
Download and keep the Reveal.js file in a folder.
Note down the path to the folder relative to the folder where the presentation will live.
If you have Bower installed you can just do bower install revealjs
Step 6 :
Create a folder where your presentation will live.
Inside the folder create subfolders for Images, Videos, Scripts, CSS styles and other documents which may be needed for the presentation.
Now we can create the main file of the presentation – the Org-mode file using Emacs. Org-mode file is a simple text file which can be opened using any other text-editor. It has the extension of “.org”.
While using Emacs and Org-Mode, however, it provides lot of goodies. Org-Mode in Emacs has lot of extensions one can install that extends it functionality. One can for example use the same org-mode file to output HTML, LaTeX, and PDF.
So let us create the main presentation file. I title my presentations the following way, giving it context, separated by underscores : <topic>_<audience>_<date>_<venue> . For example if I am giving a public talk on Cerebral Palsy at my home town of Palakkad, on July 30th,2019 , I would title my presentation like this : “CerebralPalsy_PublicTalk_Palakkad_30072019.org”
This allows me to keep separate org-mode files for different audience and keep using the same images, videos etc.. Therefore I am fully portable and self-contained when I have to whip up a presentation tailored to any particular audience – technical or non-technical.
C-x C-f in Emacs to the file you want to create with .org extension.
C-C C-# to insert Template for a Reveal.JS presentation.
If you have ‘ox-reveal loaded it should be available as a choice.
Once chosen it will list some options at the top of the org-mode file.
We will need to provide the path to the REVEAL_ROOT directory to the place we have stored the reveal.js library. This path is relative to the folder where the file for presentation lives.
Once these are done, It is important to get the images, videos ready. They have to be edited using FOSS tools for editing photos and videos. Once edited they’ve to be named properly so that we can reference them in our presentations.
This completes the ground work required to start writing the presentation. While this may seem a lot of work, one must remember this is one time effort.
We will deal with the actual creation of org-mode file, the options while using Reveal.JS in the next part ….
IITs has been asked to teach Samskritam … read all about it !
…..screamed our electronic media. The reaction has been mostly negative. Occasional person voicing some positive comments. Twitter has been abuzz, specifically with people and blogs quoting Deputy CM of Delhi, Mr. Manish Sisodia to the effect that whether the nex-gen JS version is really worth the upgrade over Samskritam. What better could one expect from a party whose leader is a self-confessed anarchist.
Armed with my usual salt ( a pinch is too small a dose. I take spoonfuls ) considering the state of our media I searched for the full press release of Ministry of HRD to find out what it actually said. Unfortunately there is no press release so far in public domain from Ministry of HRD on this. What was projected and decided without a debate was from her statements in Loksabha.
The most acceptable version seems to be …
Accordingly, IITs have been requested to teach Sanskrit language especially with reference to study of works which contain scientific knowledge,” Irani said
I cannot understand…
What’s in a name ?
If Thiruvalluvar himself did not want to cleanse non-Tamil words from Thirukkural, why do the tamil politicians bother to clean tamil of sanskrit/ north-indian influence ? Do the modern tamilians claim to be better tamil lovers than Thiruvalluvar ?If tamil is really an independent language, how come tamil legends talk about Agasthiyar ( a vedic Rishi) as the one who created Tamil ?How a vedic God Shiva become the first Tamil Sangam Leader ?
Why .. Why … Why do people love to hate it ?
- 1 : Hindutva lovers / Sanghis / BJP
- 2 : Hail Dravidian Identity and Tamil nationalism
- 3 : Project modernity and upwardly mobile culture
- 4 : Hey, its not as if I dont get a job if i dont study it.
- 5 : Brahmin: you oppressor, take that
In short ..
So do we need to protect, revive and reinstate Samskritam ?
If India has to go back to the glory days when it attracted people from distant lands to come and learn at its Universities at Takshashila and Nalanda, when its riches were stuff of lore told in other lands, when we were living in a different century than the rest of the planet, we need to first find out what worked for us. We need then to find out what went wrong. Then we can understand whether we can go back. If we already have it there is no need to reinvent the wheel, but to look at ourselves we need the lingua-franca of the golden ages to understand its literature.
A gentle yet clear brushing off of the cobwebs of the so-called Aryan theory and all its vicious corollaries is therefore absolutely necessary, especially for the South, and a proper self-respect created by a knowledge of the past grandeur of one of the great ancestors of the Aryan race — the great Tamilians.
We stick, in spite of Western theories, to that definition of the word “Arya” which we find in our sacred books, and which includes only the multitude we now call Hindus. This Aryan race, itself a mixture of two great races, Sanskrit-speaking and Tamil-speaking, applies to all Hindus alike.
-Swami Vivekananda, Aryans and Tamilians
At a politically tumultuous time when you’re not even sure what secularism, nationalism, sedition, freedom of speech in particular and freedom in general (aazaadi) is, we have here a peice on what constitutes ….for want of better words , shall we say and in the process provoke a redefinition of the word ‘decently dressed’. Thought provoking for the impartial inquirer, revolting to the convent educated elite, too much for even the liberalism chanting neavueau-upworldly mobile, slap in the face for ultra-conservatives. All at the same time. Are we staring at the truth here – for isn’t not truth said to be unpleasant/uncomfortable ?
This piece was a reaction to seeing a room full of amazing black and white photos by Sunil Janah of women who were topless. Like the below photo of a Hill Maria Woman from Bastar. Courtesy of the …