28th December ’10
Suddenly, long bone became long not because it was long, just that it had a shaft and two ends. Suddenly, small bone became small not because it was small, just that it didn’t have a shaft and two ends.
First day at university was foremost in shattering these pre-conceived ideas; one could feel overwhelmed by this scattering of ideas – however, it was strangely exhilarating: this deviation from the normal course of our thinking.
Because not all are privileged to comprehend the true workings of human body; this exclusive privilege lies solely with those who toil hard on medical minutiae.
And this feeling, though elating, is also the origin: of a new deep-rooted fear – that when we indulge this knowledge, one day we would be also expected to use it. And, when time comes to employ this knowledge, the question arises – what if I could not fulfill the absolute trust put into my skill by the vulnerable patient?
Frightening as the thought is, there is one bright aspect of it all.
It would be a few years before I treat actual patients. And, hopefully I could amass enough knowledge by then.
Originally intended to be published on 28th December ’10, but due to some net problems, I was unable to do so.