S.A. Sattar, former Director of Medical Education and Professor of Medicine, has said data-based medical treatment is reducing the doctor to the level of a technician who merely goes by the evidence produced in the diagnostic laboratories.

‘Popular in US, Europe’

Dr. Sattar has asked upcoming doctors to observe the model of functional medicine, which has gained popularity in the United States of America and Europe, wherein a disease is viewed as an illness of the whole body and not a particular organ.

He said genetic predisposition, environmental factors, lifestyle and mental attitude of a patient played an important role in the onset of the disease.

If a doctor merely treated the disease with drugs, the illness might be suppressed but complete cure would not be possible.

New viral diseases

In the wake of outbreak of new viral diseases and comeback of certain old diseases which we believed to have been eradicated long ago, the medical practitioners should shift to functional medicine where the examination of lifestyle, attitude and genetic history of a patient were more important in diagnosing the disease and finding its causative factor.

‘Treat a patient, not disease’

A medical science without the art of healing is incomplete. He said a doctor should never attempt to treat a disease, but a patient with the disease. According to him, drug prescription was one of the aspects of the treatment and it was not the end of all.

Boy's death

Dr. Sattar said it was heartening to note that a Kurnool boy died of diphtheria recently, which could not be diagnosed until it got aggravated to an untreatable stage.

Lack of facilities

Prof. Sattar lamented that no facilities existed in a place like Kurnool to detect Japanese Encephalitis and dengue where the diseases played havoc.

Genetic predisposition, environmental factors, lifestyle and mental attitude of a patient play an important role in the onset of disease, says S.A. Sattar