Techagappe October- December 2017 Edition

I am very pleased to place before you, this 13th issue of TechAgappe, the quarterly review of health and laboratory medicine.  Previous editions were based on Cardiac diseases, Renal illnesses, Hepatic ailments, Pancreatic disorders, Cancer, Neurological disorders, Gastroenterological complaints, Gynecological maladies, Clinical haematology, Lung diseases, Musculoskeletal disorders and Eye diseases respectively.  This magazine is now regular in publication at intervals of three months.  I am also happy to report that the laboratory community has warmly welcomed the previous issues of the magazine.
This issue focuses on diseases affecting Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT).  We have, as usual, included three scientific articles, three life stories, two interviews and one technical article. The first scientific article describes the common causes of nose diseases.  The second cover story is from an authority of CMC Vellore, about how to deal and care those children with hearing problems.  The third cover story is written by a doctor from Kolkata Medical College about Tonsillitis, a common health problem, especially seen in children.
As usual, we have added three life stories.  The first life story is from Idukki district, Kerala, about how a deaf and dumb person, schooled up to 7th class, could fly an aircraft, manufactured all by himself. Second life story is from Bhopal, about a hockey player who is deaf and dumb.  He is the only differently-abled person who plays with other normal players in India nationally.  The third life story is about a business establishment of courier services from Mumbai where 90% employees are deaf and dumb. These landmark biographies will tell you how to overcome a deficiency by sheer determination.
In this issue, you can see the interview with an eminent ENT surgeon,  Dr. Milind V. Kirtane from Mumbai.  He received the Padma Shri award as well as the BC Roy award in the field of medical specialties.  The second interview is with Mr. Raju Venkatraman, founder director of Medall Healthcare, Chennai.  He is a specialist in diagnostic industry. We have also added health tips highlighting requirements for better ENT health and a technical article on the necessity of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
I am glad to state that we have received very good feedback for the last issue through ‘Letters to Editor’, where most of the readers stated that they are happy to read TechAgappe and are eagerly waiting for the next issue.  The responses to the ‘Quiz’ were also very encouraging. 
Thus, I am sure, this issue of the TechAgappe will give useful insights to the problems of various ENT diseases, and certain special aspects of laboratory practices.I am proud to announce that the ensuing issues of TechAgappe will cover other important topics. Your constructive criticisms to improve the contents will be greatly appreciated.
With warm personal regards,
Dr. D.M. Vasudevan MD, FRCPath
Chief Editor - Techagappe

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