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What is the importance of the Hippocratic Oath?

  • The Hippocratic Oath is the ethical creed that guides the medicalprofession. Its significance is its symbolism of an ideal: topreserve human life with selfless dedication.

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  • Answer: The Hippocratic Oath is the ethical creed that guides the medicalprofession. Its significance is its symbolism of an ideal: topreserve human life with selfless dedication.
  • Answer: Medical ethics around the world are measured against the hippocratic oath thought to have been written by the Greek physician Hippocrates in about 460-370 BC In some medical schools graduating doctors are still required to swear to a form of the oath. (thankyou to the readers digest) This is what the origina oath says:
    I swear by Appolo the healer invoking all the gods and goddesses to be my witnesses that i will fulfill this oath and this written covenant to the best of my ability and judgment. I will look upon him who shall have taught me this art even as one of my own parents I will share my substance with him and i shall supply his neccesities if he be in need I will regard his offspring even as my own breathen and i will teach them this art if they would learn it without fee or covenant I wil impart this art by precept by lecture and by every mode of teaching not only to my own sons but to the sons of him who has taught me and to disciples bound by covenant and oath according to the law of medicine The regimen i adopt shall be for the benefit of the patients according to my ability and judgment and not for the hurt and any wrong I will give no deadly drug to any tho it be asked of me nor will i counsel such and especially i will not aid a woman to procure abortion Whatsoever house i enter there will i go for the benefit of the sick refraining from all wrongdoing or corruption and especially from any act of seduction of male or female of bond or free Whatsoever things i see or hear concerning the life of men in my attendance on the sick or even apart therefrom which ought not to be noised abroad I will keep silence thereon counting such things to be sacred secrets Pure and holy will i keep my life and my art.
  • Answer: The Hippocratic Oath was written in the 4th century B.C. by Hippocrates.
  • Answer: it was written to ensure a doctor becomes loyal to patients
  • Answer: There are several version, some due to different translations and sources and some some due to people intentionally altering it for such purposes as to modernize it or to remove objectionable passages.

    Here is one version that claims to be a translation of the original:

    "I swear by Apollo, the healer, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath and agreement:

    To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art.

    I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.

    I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.

    But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.

    I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art.

    In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction and especially from the pleasures of love with women or with men, be they free or slaves.

    All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.

    If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all men and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my lot."
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  • Answer: Physicians


    While physicians are the group most associated with the Hippocratic oath not all take it. The original Hippocratic oath contains many sections that are deemed antiquated and even offensive to modern people such as starting out by praying to the good Apollo, forbidding abortion, and commanding doctors to train the children of other doctors for free.

    Most schools have the graduating students recite an oath of some kind but many have substituted a completely different oath and the ones that do use the "Hippocratic Oath" actually use a modified version that is felt to be more in keeping with modern times.

    Also, physicians have no monopoly on the oath. Any other group, presumably of health care providers of some sort, can elect to use the oath as part of a ceremony even if very few non-physician groups do.

    As a side line and to debunk one common myth: The phrase "do no harm" is not in the Hippocratic Oath. Scholars debate whether it is a lose paraphrase of sentiments in the oath or from a different source all together.
  • Answer: I would say yes it does technicly contradict the hippocratic oath..... but we should remember the oath does not take in cout the patients will.
  • Answer: He was the first person that believed that illness was the result of environmental factors. He separated religion from medicine and thus is known as the first doctor.
  • Answer: The whole phrase is, "I will not cut for stone, even in the presence of disease (or something like that). I will leave this to skilled professionals. specialists in the art." This means that PHYSICIANS will not perform surgery. They will leave the cutting or surgery to trained specialists - SURGEONS. In those days - the days of ancient Greeks when the Hippocratic Oath was written, physicians and surgeons were considered two different professions. In the novel, Thomas Stone is a surgeon; whereas Ghosh - an internal medicine specialist, would be considered a physician.
  • Answer: The Hippocratic Oath is a vow whereby a doctor promises to "prescribe regimen for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never to harm anyone." It dates to the fourth century B.C., when the Greek teacher and doctor Hippocrates (c. 460-377 B.C.) practiced medicine on the island of Cos. Hippocrates was ahead of his time in believing that diseases had natural causes, not supernatural ones, and that people could cure diseases. Hippocrates is considered the "Father of Modern Medicine."
  • Answer: Medical doctors are supposed to use their medical skills to help anyone, regardless of whether or not the patient can pay for their services. Most doctors probably still follow the oath, but, obviously there are doctors who will not treat poor people who can not afford to pay their medical bills. Of course, there are doctors who refuse to treat people, because they might get sued by individuals who just want to get "something for nothing" and a doctor who refuses to treat someone for fear of a lawsuit, does have a good argument. No one wants to get sued and lose their money and property after they tried their best to help someone.