Sunday, 29 April 2012

Hindu customs and hair loss

I have spent time doing oncology work in India and working with patients was very rewarding.

One day in the out-patient clinic, I met with three women consecutively who were to start chemotherapy. All three women would lose their hair and it was very distressing for each of them and their families.

Two days later, I suggested to one of these women to shave their hair and make a wig out of her own hair. It seemed like a good idea to me. It was NOT a good idea for her and her family. In traditional Hindu culture, a woman would shave her hair at the time of being widowed.

No more such suggestions. Ever!!

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