Back to the source: the Hippocratic Oath re-examined

By Michael Cook Over the centuries the Hippocratic Oath has expressed the ideals of the medical profession, although nowadays other versions have supplanted it for graduating medical students– if they take any oath at all. If taken literally the Oath is an anachronism. Who today “swears by Apollo Physician, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, …

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“Do no harm” medicine is fast becoming extinct

By Wesley J. Smith The Hippocratic Oath is dead. “Do no harm” medicine is fast becoming extinct. Contemporary health care is increasingly under the sway of a utilitarian bioethics that makes the elimination of suffering the prime directive—to the detriment of traditional standards of medical morality that deem all human life equally worthy of care …

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World Medical Association updates Hippocratic Oath

Is the value of human life slowly being eroded? By Michael Cook A modern successor to the Hippocratic Oath has been approved by the World Medical Association. This is the first revision in a decade and reflects changes in the climate of medical ethics. The current declaration is still a noble attempt to affirm that …

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Contemporary Medical Oaths Exert Little Professional Pull on New Doctors

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This appears on Wesley’s excellent blog at http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2011/04/09/contemporary-medical-oaths-exert-little-professional-pull-on-new-doctors/ Several years ago, I wrote about the woeful decline in the taking of the Hippocratic Oath, and the pabulum replacements that really did not require new doctors to pledge anything very meaningful at all.  From my 2006 piece, “Harm Done,” in …

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