Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Indian Express had two good stories on its front page. One about how Air India paid half a million dollars for a carpet it never rolled out.

The other, more interesting one, about how a Kochi doctor prescribed viagra to a dying child and saved its life.

Should he have? If the child hadn't been saved maybe the doctor would have become the butt of ridicule and opprobrium. Which is why we have to applaud his courage. Sometimes doctors have to make judgment calls that may seem unethical, but I think we should allow them the luxury when it comes down to saving a life.

And guess where he found the information for the innovative use -- as a pulmonary dilator, to be precise -- of viagra. On the Internet.

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