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Father of  Medicine – Hippocrates

Hippocrates – “Father of Medicine” (460 B.C. to 377 B.C.) a Greek physician born in the Island of Cos.

Hippocrates placed medicine on a scientific, non-tradition oriented, secular basis. He emphasised the ethical standards in the profession.

This is an oath demanded of the young physician, about to start his medical practice:

Traditional version

“I swear by Apollo, the physician, by Aesculapius, Hygeia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgement the following Oath:

To consider dear to me as my parents him, who taught me this art.

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

To please no one will I prescribe a deadly drug, nor give advice which may cause his death.

Nor will I give a woman a pessary to cause abortion. But I will preserve the purity of my life and my art.
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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.

All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or outside of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will not divulge.

I will 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.”

Modern version of Hippocratic Oath.

His doctor’s; to consecrate (his) life to the service of humanity.

Not to permit consideration of religion, nationality, race, party politics or social standing to intervene between (his) duty and (his) patient.

Not to use (his) knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity.

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Now-a-days Consumer Protection Act is hanging like a Damocles’ sword to punish cases of proven negligence, wrong treatment, etc.

Hence both from the ethical and social as well as professional point of view, the medical doctor’s profession is at the cross roads.

  •   Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgement difficult. – Hippocrates

A wise saying :

‘Science must always be ready to re-examine its past.’
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