Culture, Ethics and Medicine in South Asia

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Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
Rakesh K. Chadda


The criteria for health are not well defined, and they vary from culture to culture and from time to time. This paper discusses cultural influences on ethics in medical practice and research in South Asia, the poor cousin of the Western world. South Asian culture is a conglomeration of many religions like Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity, and civilizations, which have been influenced in the later era by the Western medicine during the colonial period. The rich past heritage had had its own role.  In recent years, South Asia has emerged as an important destination of translational research, for which it is crucial that ethical standards are maintained to prevent exploitation of the general population.

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Third Geneva Conference on Person-Centered Medicine: Cultural Diversity and Person-centered Health Care
Author Biography

Roy Abraham Kallivayalil, Dept of Psychiatry Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Thiruvalla, India

Professor & Head, Dept of Psychiatry, Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Thiruvalla, India Awarded MBBS from Med College, Kottayam (1977), DPM from Madurai Medical College (1980) and MD (Psychiatry) from Post graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India in 1984. Was Professor & Head, Dept of Psychiatry, Govt Medical College, Kottayam and Trichur and later Principal at Co-operative Medical College, Kochi.Positions Previously held:State President, Indian Medical Association Kerala Chapter (1998-1999).State President, Indian Psychiatric Society, Kerala Chapter (1995-1996)General Secretary, Indian Psychiatric Society (2002 – 2006).Secretary General, SAARC Psychiatric Federation (2004-2006)Current Positions:President-Elect, Indian Psychiatric Society, New DelhiPresident, Indian Association for Social PsychiatryPresident, National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMH), IndiaCo -Chairman, Preventive Psychiatry Section, World Psychiatric Association, GenevaMember, International Network for Person Centered Med (INPCM), New YorkMember,Faculty of Medicine& Tech,Cochin University of Science and TechnologyAssociate Editor, Indian Journal of PsychiatryAwards & HonoursGovt of Kerala Best Doctor Award, 2007SAARC Psychiatric Federation Award, Kathmandu 2006Ramachandra N. Moorthy National Award for distinguished service in the field of Psychiatry for the year 1998-99 by Indian Medical Association, New Delhi.IMA CGP National award for health administration - Indian Medical Association (2000).