July 2, 2011
In Government, First, Do No Harm!
The major difference between success in government and success in business is credit for intentions versus credit for results. Unlike the customer, the electorate is far too forgiving of bad results, so long as the politician or politicians concerned had good intentions. Perhaps, going forward, we should hold our politicians to a higher standard: Primum non nocere is a Latin phrase that means "First, do no harm". The phrase is sometimes recorded as primum nil nocere. Nonmaleficence, which derives from the maxim, is one of the principal precepts of medical ethics that all medical students are taught in medical school and is a fundamental principle for emergency medical services around the world. Another way to state it is that "given an existing problem, it may be better not to do something, or even to do nothing, than to risk causing more harm than good." It reminds the physician and other health care providers that they must consider the possible harm that any...(Read Full Article)