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31st October, 2017
IPC Sections 88 and 92 protect doctors against any professional liability for acts done in good faith
 
The Indian Penal Code (IPC) has provisions for defenses for doctors under sections 88 and 92, which protect doctors from allegations of negligence, for instance, when treatment given in an emergency or a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) done is not successful.
 
Section 88 IPC provides for exemption for acts not intended to cause death, done by consent in good faith for person’s benefit: “Nothing which is not intended to cause death, is an offence by reason of any harm which it may cause, or be intended by the doer to cause, or be known by the doer to be likely to cause, to any person for whose benefit it is done in good faith, and who has given a consent, whether express or implied, to suffer that harm, or to take the risk of that harm”.

The illustration accompanying this section explains it further: “A, a surgeon, knowing that a particular operation is likely to cause the death of Z, who suffers under a painful complaint, but not intending to cause Z’s death and intending in good faith, Z’s benefit performs that operation on Z, with Z’s consent. A has committed no offence”.
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  • PTSD is one of the many serious mental health conditions affecting the Indian population
New Delhi, 30 October 2017: A recent study has indicated that gut bacteria can help predict the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a life-threatening trauma. Microbes in the gut microbiome have an important role to play inmetabolizing food and medicine, as also fighting infections. Studies have now found that the gut microbiome also influences the brain and brain function. This is possible by the production of neurotransmitters/hormones, immune-regulating molecules and bacterial toxins.(1)
 
Statistics indicate that about 13.7% of India's general population suffers from a variety of mental illnesses, one of which is PTSD. Of these, 10.6%need immediate medical intervention.(2)PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event - either experiencing it or witnessing it.
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