Dr. Liji Thomas

Dr. Liji Thomas

Feature Writer

MD

Gynecology

Dr. Liji Thomas is a medical doctor specializing in obstetrics and gynaecology who has since taken up medical writing to help others understand more of the wealth of medical knowledge available today. She did her undergraduate medical studies in Trivandrum Medical College, and her postgraduate studies in Calicut Medical College, both in Kerala, India, and passed out at the top of her class. The latter institution is one of the busiest in South Asia, handling on average 25 000 childbirths a year. In her senior residency year she earned a name for coaxing patients through their pain and distress to achieve a normal or assisted vaginal delivery in almost every case she personally handled.

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She then worked as a private consultant in obstetrics for some time, being in sole charge of 40 deliveries a month, on average. Her philosophy is that every woman deserves a full opportunity to achieve a normal delivery, but with complete safety. She has adhered to this code of conduct throughout, comforting and supporting each patient through the process of childbirth, with only as much medical intervention as was absolutely necessary. She is glad to reflect that she achieved a very low Cesarean section rate of only about 2.5% during her years of obstetric practice.

Eventually she determined to take a break and bring up her children. She and her husband were firmly convinced that there is simply no substitute for a mother at home – and she has never regretted that decision.

It was during the early part of this period that she explored the field of freelance writing. Slowly but steadily she built up a small but sound foundation of clients who referred their work to her. She also began to write on her own account at the same time, building on her medical background and writing skills to write technical and medical articles.

She enjoys bringing scientific research down to a level where it can actually be of use to someone searching for information, as well as meeting job-specific standards.

When she is not writing, she enjoys housecleaning (yes, really!), baking, making soap, and home-schooling her children. All of them have inherited her love of reading if not of cleaning. In addition, the family is involved in setting up their own organic fruit and vegetable farm.

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Articles from Liji

Father’s nutritional pattern affects child’s cardiovascular health

Father’s nutritional pattern affects child’s cardiovascular health

Lyme vaccine on the horizon, says new study

Lyme vaccine on the horizon, says new study

Frequent drinking strongest risk factor for atrial fibrillation

Frequent drinking strongest risk factor for atrial fibrillation

Vaping helps 50,000 cigarette smokers quit in England each year

Vaping helps 50,000 cigarette smokers quit in England each year

Genes remember having low social status in the past

Genes remember having low social status in the past

Fluorescent tags help diagnose and monitor brain gliomas more effectively

Fluorescent tags help diagnose and monitor brain gliomas more effectively

Measuring development in young children: the DNA clock

Measuring development in young children: the DNA clock

Age-related frailty and the growing health burden: what can be done?

Age-related frailty and the growing health burden: what can be done?

Improved antibody validation

Improved antibody validation

Low-risk thyroid cancer and stringent follow-up: who decides?

Low-risk thyroid cancer and stringent follow-up: who decides?