The lack of skilled service providers in rural areas of India has emerged as the most important constraint in achieving universal health care. India has about 1.4 million medical practitioners, 74% of whom live in urban areas where they serve only 28% of the population, while the rural population remains largely underserved.

Unless effective tobacco control is in place, most tobacco-related deaths in the coming decades are likely to be seen in low and middle income countries. Tobacco surveillance among medical students offers an opportunity to assess the preparedness for tobacco control among future health care professionals in India.

David Henry discusses a research article by Geoffrey Spurling and colleagues that examined the relationship between exposure to promotional material from pharmaceutical companies and the quality, quantity, and cost of prescribing.

Pharmaceutical companies spent $57.5 billion on pharmaceutical promotion in the United States in 2004. The industry claims that promotion provides scientific and educational information to physicians. While some evidence indicates that promotion may adversely influence prescribing, physicians hold a wide range of views about pharmaceutical promotion.

An analysis of the landmark 194646 Bhore Committee report suggests that vested interests may have played a role in shaping India


Anecdotal information and case reports suggest that intravenously administered vitamin C is used by Complementary and Alternate Medicine (CAM) practitioners. The scale of such use in the U.S. and associated side effects are unknown.

Rather than just a medical issue health status of a population is now considered an important economic indicator of development for any economy. Health services have a major influence on the well-being of individuals and societies, and are an important part of a nation's politics and economy.

Medical schools in India produce the largest number of doctors than anywhere else in the world, corresponding to the rapid proliferation of medical colleges in the last two decades, especially within the private sector1. WHO has reported that by 2015, 36% of the medical manpower is going to be produced by India. Over the last few years there has been

The dissolution of the Medical Council of India must be followed by systemic changes. (Editorial)