Today's Hippocratic Oath used by many schools (from Google source)

Is the Hippocratic Oath alive and well?
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Sort of - 16.7%
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50% maybe - 0.0%
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As dead as Hippocrates is - 0.0%
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Absolutely alive and well - 50.0%
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Do I know? - 16.7%
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I gave at the office, get real - 16.7%

 
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zufus
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   Posted 2/22/2011 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
It might be hip to know the hippo oath (LOL)!
THE MODERN OATH USED IN SCHOOLS:

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

Written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Academic Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University, and used in many medical schools today.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/doctors/oath_modern.html



Tim G
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   Posted 2/22/2011 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Our daughter graduates from medical school this June. This is the physician's oath they use:
 
 

I SOLEMNLY  PLEDGE  MYSELF  TO  CONSECRATE   MY  LIFE  TO  THE  SERVICE   OF   HUMANITY

I  WILL  GIVE  TO  MY  TEACHERS   THE  RESPECT  AND  GRATITUDE   WHICH  IS  THEIR  DUE

I  WILL  PRACTICE   MY   PROFESSION  WITH  CONSCIENCE   AND   DIGNITY

THE  HEALTH  OF  MY  PATIENT   WILL  BE  MY  FIRST   CONSIDERATION

I  WILL  RESPECT  THE  SECRETS  WHICH  ARE  CONFIDED  IN  ME

I  WILL  MAINTAIN  BY  ALL  THE   MEANS   IN   MY   POWER,   THE   HONOR     AND   THE   NOBLE   TRADITIONS   OF  THE   MEDICAL   PROFESSION 

MY  COLLEAGUES  WILL  BE  MY  SISTERS  AND  BROTHERS

I   WILL  RESPECT  AND  VALUE  THE  LIVES  OF  ALL  PERSONS

I   WILL  NOT  DISCRIMINATE AGAINST  ANY  PERSON  IN  MY  MEDICAL  DECISIONS

I  WILL  MAINTAIN  THE  UTMOST  RESPECT  FOR  HUMAN  LIFE; EVEN  UNDER  THREAT,  I  WILL  NOT  USE  MY    MEDICAL      KNOWLEDGE   CONTRARY  TO  THE  LAWS  OF   HUMANITY 

I    MAKE    THESE    PROMISES  SOLEMNLY,  FREELY  AND UPON MY HONOR .    


compiler
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   Posted 2/22/2011 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
This is really kind of silly. There are a few bad apples in every profession.
 
Most doctors are good, honest, hard-working individuals.
 
They are also HUMAN
 
Mel

zufus
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   Posted 2/23/2011 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Tim G- thanks for mentioning, I do notice that one is much shorter of an oath. What may be the direction for the future? Are we going to get it down to one line, someday? It is very interesting as time progresses as to what influences culture, society and even status and money, that can have an effect upon mens values and following of oaths that they take. 

I do praise that we have another doctor coming into the profession(your daughter), and hope the oath never is forgotten and that the patient comes first. Dr. Barken is one whom seems concerned foremost about the patient when treating for PCa, minimal intervention with maxium assessment and quality of life. That kind of thinking seems pretty righteous for the patient.

Post Edited (zufus) : 2/23/2011 5:22:14 AM (GMT-7)

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