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May 14, 2018
Hippocratic Oath vs. 'Hypocritic' Oath?
The National Institutes of Health website defines the Hippocratic Oath as "perhaps the most widely known of Greek medical texts. It requires a new physician to swear upon a number of healing gods that he will uphold a number of professional ethical standards. It also strongly binds the student to his teacher and the greater community of physicians with responsibilities similar to that of a family member. It also does not explicitly contain the phrase, 'First, do no harm,' which is commonly attributed to it." As a physician, I found this admonition from ancient Greece and handed down to generations of medical school graduates, a valued moral and spiritual guide. It can reasonably serve as a basic life guide no matter one's chosen path. In contrast to this oath and its combination of pragmatism, honesty, and idealism in the art and science of medical practice is the behavior of progressive...(Read Full Post)