Dr Bernard B Nath: An effulgent five-star physician
At the outset, I wish to quote the words of the Egyptian-American author Suzy Kassem, "Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance. Stability, not fear and terror. Peace, not chaos.
Love, not hate. Convergence, not segregation. Tolerance, not discrimination. Fairness, not hypocrisy. Substance, not superficiality. Character, not immaturity. Transparency, not secrecy. Justice, not lawlessness. Environmental improvement and preservation, not destruction. Truth, not lies, and a Doctor for Healing of Patients, not killing of them." As a matter of fact, Dr. Bernard B. Nath loves to give or bring back a patient's life.
Dr. Bernard is an allopathic physician of medicine by profession. He did his Doctor of Medicine from Italy. Being a very kind-hearted physician, he has been treating his patients for about four decades, with strong dedication, medical skills and benignity. He always remains concerned with promoting, maintaining or restoring human health through his excellent treatment. He takes a very insignificant fee per medical consultation.
Every patient is a true votary of him because of his kindness and his very high quality of treatment. He is a perfect Doctor, perfect in all respects and a perfect human-being. Innumerable patients have been taking his quality treatment with great satisfaction. Everyone respects him highly from the bottom of their hearts because of his excellent treatment to his patients.
But he always keeps a very low profile. He is above 65 years old. Anyone may kindly visit his chamber to receive his quality treatment at Indira Road, Dhaka and can interact with the patients waiting there for his high quality treatment.
One will not be able to find another physician to his level of quality in the present time. He is truly the finest and most gifted medicine specialist in Bangladesh. He is a true asset to the country. His talent and expertise are superb! What a fabulous field of medicine; watching the transformation and joy of patients. One has to be filled with gratitude for his dedication to his field of activities and tender care of his patients.
I am grateful to know what a special person he has been since 1983. He enriches the lives of so many people. I hope all of his patients have the same respect and admiration for him that I do. He is truly a master in his field and has changed many lives. Many patients are now healthier, happier, and more confident and are committed to getting in good shape and health.
Dhaka is blessed to have such a kind-hearted physician who cares about his patients and is a consummate professional. He is an incredible doctor and I imagine he does wonderful things for his patients every day. Patients are also grateful for his tranquil reassurance that is always calm but always beneficial.
He is truly the "best of the best" in the field of medical treatment in our country! His professionalism, kindness and expertise are highly praiseworthy. He knows how happy he is making his patients every day. He is a gifted general physician in the discipline of medicine.
He is so very special to every patient. "When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace" and I think Dr. Bernard strongly believes and have truly internalized these words of Dalai Lama in his inward soul to render his services to his patients.
Simply put, a great doctor is a great human being, who happens to have the capacity to restore health. The greatest doctors are those who know when to stop and pull out. A doctor, like anyone else who has to deal with human beings, each of them unique, cannot be a scientist; he is either, like the surgeon, a craftsman, or, like the physician and the psychologist, an artist.
This means that in order to be a good doctor, a man must also have a good character, that is to say, whatever weaknesses and foibles he may have and he must love his fellow human beings in the concrete and desire for their good before his own.
Men, who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create. Ernest Hemingway said, "Deceive not thy physician, confessor, nor lawyer." In nothing do men more nearly approach God, than in giving health to men. The doctor is the servant, not master for teaching Nature. Dr Bernard B. Nath is simply like a servant to his patients.
A physician is obligated to consider more than a diseased organ, more than even the whole man-he must view the man in his world. Carl Wilhelm Hermann Nothnagel said, "All knowledge attains its ethical value and its human significance only by the human sense with which it is employed. Only a good man can be a great physician."
In fact, Dr. Bernard is a human being of morally admirable and as such, he is a physician of uppercase and major significance or importance. He is a great friend to the poor patients and sometimes, he treats his patients without any fees or with a very nominal fee.
"Medicine rests upon four pillars-philosophy, astronomy, alchemy, and ethics. The first pillar is the philosophical knowledge of earth and water; the second, astronomy, supplies its full understanding of that which is of fiery and airy nature; the third is an adequate explanation of the properties of all the four elements-that is to say, of the whole cosmos-and an introduction into the art of their transformations; and finally, the fourth shows the physician those virtues which must stay with him up until his death, and it should support and complete the three other pillars" has correctly been spelt out by Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus. And Dr. Bernard is the physician who possesses all those qualities.
Physicians are many in title but very little in reality. Dr. Bernard comes under the purview of that very few little in reality. Physicians still retain something of their priestly origin. The best physician is also a philosopher and he is like a philosopher.
There are some arts which to those that possess them are painful, but to those that use them are man endowed with profound knowledge of life and of the soul, intuitively divining any suffering or disorder of whatever kind, and restoring peace by his mere presence" as spelt out by Henri-Frédéric Amiel, has been internalized in the heart and soul of Dr Bernard B. Nath.
God and the Doctor we alike adore. Dr. Bernard's achievement of his happiness is the only moral purpose of his life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of his moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of his loyalty to the achievement of his values.
Restore a man to his health; his purse lies open to thee. Each patient ought to feel somewhat the better after the physician's visit, irrespective of the nature of the illness. "In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.
We must go through the storm to appreciate the sunshine!" as defined aright by Albert Einstein and Dr. Bernard is the sunshine; he is one of few finest gentlemen physicians of the country. And He treats patients in an exceptionally different way to heal them. He is now seriously ill. Let us pray for his early recovery from sickness so that he can resume his services to innumerable patients sooner to heal them.
The writer prefers to be known as a most ordinary senior citizen
of the country