"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

The Doctor Will See You Now..


On certain streets in Delhi “doctors” ply their trade.
What they lack in qualifications is hopefully balanced by experience.
Many of the poor cannot afford to see a registered physician, so there is considerable demand for this cheaper alternative.

Alongside the doctors, unqualified dentists offer extractions and dentures.

It’s a thriving business and certainly an alternative to socialized medicine:
the logical outcome of an unregulated healthcare market.


Picture taken from our cycle-rickshaw, on the streets of New Delhi. 

2 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    Hmm, I thought I was being brave by not having injections for fillings…

    April 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    • Heaven only knows what you’d pick up, along with your fillings or dentures, if you had any sort of invasive procedures done in the street. I saw no sign at all of sterilizing solutions, let alone an autoclave..

      April 27, 2012 at 8:43 pm

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