By Steven H. Miles
This attractive publication examines what the Hippocratic Oath intended to Greek physicians 2400 years in the past and displays on its relevance to scientific ethics this present day. Drawing at the writings of old physicians, Greek playwrights, and smooth students, each one bankruptcy explores certainly one of its passages and concludes with a contemporary case dialogue. The Oath proposes ideas governing the connection among the health professional and society and sufferers. It ideas out using poison and a damaging abortive strategy. It defines integrity and restraint in physicians' speech. the traditional Greek scientific works written through the comparable interval because the Oath exhibit that Greek physicians understood they'd an obligation to prevent clinical blunders and study from undesirable results. those works confirmed how and why to inform sufferers approximately their ailments and dire prognoses with a purpose to boost a partnership for therapeutic and to construct the credibility of the occupation. Miles makes use of those writings to light up the that means of the Oath in its day and in so doing exhibits how and why it is still a invaluable advisor to the moral perform of drugs. it is a booklet for an individual who loves drugs and is worried concerning the ethics and background of this career.
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31 Private collectors could only do so much. The invention of the state-supported library was critical to the archiving, copying, translation, and survival of the ancient medical works. The great library at Alexandria in know as Egypt is credited with the first effort to compile and catalog the medical documents. 32 Founded in 300 BCE, its mission was to assemble all of the world's knowledge under one roof.
4 After his death, 28 PHYSICIAN, WHO ARE YOU? some revered Hippocrates as a holy man or even as a deity. 5 Miracles reportedly occurred at his grave. The commingling of legend, myth, and hagiography in the biography of Hippocrates attests to the fact that almost nothing is known about him. We know that he enjoyed a reputation as a gifted physician, but not one quote, case record, or medical treatise —not even the Oath —is securely attributed to him. 6 We know that he or members of his circle articulated a natural science of medicine and distinguished it from a temple-based medicine that understood sickness as the effect of curses or divine disfavor and healing as occurring through divination, prayer, anointment, and sacrifice.
Places in Man 17. 36. Temkin 182-3. 37. "Apollo—or whatever its name is—brings wholeness to mind and us to wholeness, and further in the art of medicine, brings us beyond awareness of wholeness to a divine like overflowing into action.. " (Kass 244-5). 38. Jones (1924) 23-25. Carrick says this is third century (181). Temkin takes no position on the date (183). 39. Verhey A. The doctors' oath—and a Christian swearing it. Linacre Quarterly 1984;51:139-58. 40. Finnell V. Reforming Medicine. Chalcedon Rep 2001;(Jan):42-6.