The Hippocratic Oath: A good Idea! Why is this not taken today?

  1. Dennis Pace profile image61
    Dennis Paceposted 7 years ago

    I found this very interesting! So , what do you think about this oath? The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by doctors swearing to practice medicine ethically. It is widely believed to have been written by Hippocrates, often regarded as the father of western medicine, in Ionic Greek (late 5th century BC),[1] or by one of his students. The Hippocratic Oath (orkos) is one of 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.

    “ 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.

    I like the part about never do anyone harm. and for the good of my patients.

    I read in a book last night , on of the first concepts students are taught in medical school, in the pharmacology class, is that drugs do not heal or cure disease. .. Very interesting,, Then what is the real reason they prescribe sooo many pills and drugs???

  2. fit2day profile image79
    fit2dayposted 6 years ago

    I think one key thing that Hippocrates said was "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food". Modern medical practice tends to ignore the fact that the body is affected by what we eat. There are plenty of people using medicine to replace health lifestyle, but the body doesn't work that way. I have found many food alternatives to medicine, which tend to be less-expensive and better for the body.
    If wellness was the prime concern of the medical field, healthcare costs wouldn't even be half of what they are.

  3. Dennis Pace profile image61
    Dennis Paceposted 6 years ago

    My feelings exactly.  I have been thinking about this:  Physician heal thy self.  Self heal thy self. Pills are not the answer