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  Hippocratic Oath - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Hippocratic Oath is an oath traditionally taken by physicians pertaining to the ethical practice of medicine.
Classical scholar Ludwig Edelstein proposed that the oath was written by Pythagoreans, a theory that has been questioned due to the lack of evidence for a school of Pythagorean medicine.
Several parts of the oath have been removed or re-shaped over the years in various countries, schools, and societies as the social, religious, and political importance of medicine has changed.
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 The Hippocratic Oath
The Hippocratic Oath was formulated in the 4th century BC, at the time when Hippocrates was establishing medicine as a science, raising it from its primitive state.
Though the oath was not universally accepted by ancient physicians, medical practice began to conform to conditions envisaged by the document at the end of the ancient times.
If I fulfil this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.
www.acim-asia.com /The_Hippocratic_Oath.htm   (1305 words)

 Whatever Happened to the Hippocratic Oath?
Hippocratic medicine was a human skill, not a magical art, and its fundamental principle became respect for the human dignity of the patient, not for any king or other employer.
Wade, the landmark Supreme Court abortion decision of 1973, the Hippocratic Oath was brushed aside on precisely the grounds that he was not representative of ancient medicine.
The Oath begins in a way that seems out of place to a Christian, or for that matter to a modern materialist: "I swear by Apollo...and by all the gods and goddesses..." The point of this was to stress the absolutely binding commitment of the oath-taker.
www.rts.edu /quarterly/winter98/hippocratic.html   (2001 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - The Hippocratic Oath
The Oath was named after Hippocrates, certainly; however, its penmanship is still in question, although according to authorities in medical history, the contents of the oath suggest that it was penned during the 4th Century BC according to the doctrines of the Pythagorean philosophy, which makes it possible that Hippocrates had himself written it.
The Oath of Lasagna was written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Academic Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University, it is perhaps the one most commonly used in today's medical schools.
The Reinstatement of Hippocratic Oath was introduced in June 1995 by The Value of Life Committee, Inc. Dr Joseph R Stanton, a member of the committee said of the oath:
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A1103798   (2488 words)

 The Hippocratic Oath (I)
The typical Hippocratic method of treatment (as shown in the medical writers of the Hippocratic corpus) was to prescribe a particular regime of diet and exercise, specific to the disease and to the patient.
In conclusion, oaths that neglect a transcendent element, that make something other than service of the sick (precisely as sick, that is, with respect to their health) the aim of medicine, or which fail to prohibit lethal doses and abortifacients, have dubious claim to the name Hippocrates.
Rütten, T (1996) "Receptions of the Hippocratic Oath in the Renaissance: The Prohibition of Abortion as a Case study in Reception" The Journal of the History of Medicine Vol 51 (Oct 1996).
www.catholicdoctors.org.uk /CMQ/Aug_2002/hippocratic_oath.htm   (4618 words)

 Oath of Hippocrates
OATH OF HIPPOCRATES, Cerca 400 B.C. From "Harvard Classics, Volume 38" Copyright 1910 by P.F. Collier and Son.
I will impart a knowledge of the Art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to disciples bound by a stipulation and oath according to the law of medicine, but to none others.
While I continue to keep this Oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times.
www.cirp.org /library/ethics/hippocrates   (515 words)

 Oath - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An oath (from Old Saxon eoth) is either a promise or a statement of fact that calls upon something or someone that the oath maker considers sacred, usually a god, as a witness to the binding nature of the promise or the truth of the statement of fact.
Oaths are sometimes equated with vows, which are somewhat more specific; according to the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, "A vow is an oath, but an oath is only a vow if the divine being is the recipient of the promise and is not merely a witness."
The oath given to support an affidavit is frequently administered by a notary public who will memorialize the giving of the oath by affixing his or her seal to the document.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Oath   (836 words)

 I swear by Apollo, the Hippocratic Oath is obsolete Physician Executive - Find Articles
The central theme of the Hippocratic Oath is that a physician must strive to do what he or she thinks is best for a patient.
Modernizing the language of the Hippocratic Oath satisfies some 21st century objections to it, but the oath's fatal flaw is not merely a matter of semantics.
The oath's didactic references to abortion and euthanasia are too simplistic to be useful to those seriously debating the professional, political, ethical and religious aspects of these complex topics.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0843/is_2_30/ai_114743279   (868 words)

 Hippocratic Oath
The Hippocratic Oath is one of the oldest binding documents in history.
Written in antiquity by Hippocrates, its principles are held sacred by doctors to this day: treat the sick to the best of one's ability, preserve patient privacy, and teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation.
The Oath of Hippocrates has remained in Western civilization as an expression of the ideal conduct for the physician.
www.wellesley.edu /Activities/homepage/hippocratic/oath.html   (84 words)

 Hippocratic Oath definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of popular medical terms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Hippocratic Oath: One of the oldest binding documents in history, the Oath written by Hippocrates is still held sacred by physicians: to treat the ill to the best of one's ability, to preserve a patient's privacy, to teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation, and so on.
The classical version of the Hippocratic Oath is from the translation from the Greek by Ludwig Edelstein.
The modern version of the Hippocratic Oath was written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University.
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 Amazon.com: The Hippocratic Oath and the Ethics of Medicine: Books: Steven H. Miles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
However, his chief concern is to reveal the oath's relevance for the practice of medicine and for health policy in the modern world.
He finds, as few commentators have, a dimension of social justice in the oath by distinguishing between the public and private activities of the Greek physician, both of which were governed by concepts of beneficence and justice.
He concludes with a pertinent insight: noting that the oath, unlike modern codes and principles, was composed to be proclaimed in the first person, he writes that "its authors spoke explicitly of the necessity for each physician to reveal his professional moral commitments.
www.amazon.com /Hippocratic-Oath-Ethics-Medicine/dp/0195162196   (1290 words)

 Hippocratic oath - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Hippocratic oath - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Hippocratic Oath, oath in the Hippocratic Collection, varying versions of which have been taken for 2000 years by physicians entering the practice...
Oath, sworn statement, affirmation, or pledge, usually based upon religious principles and often used in legal matters.
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 Weill Cornell Hippocratic Oath
Recommiting themselves to the Hippocratic Oath are Weill Cornell faculty members Daniel J. Lerner, left, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, and Mark B. Pochapin, director of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health and associate professor of clinical medicine.
New emphases in the revised oath address doctors' responsibilities and duties to serve as advocates for their patients, champion social justice for the sick and forge strong bonds throughout the healing process.
The oath reaffirms a "sacred trust" between doctors and patients, reminding doctors to "use their power wisely." It also fosters trust and respect within the profession by including a pledge to help sustain colleagues in their service to humanity.
www.news.cornell.edu /stories/June05/Hippocratic_Oath.mh.html   (1007 words)

 The Hippocratic Oath   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The Hippocratic tradition became the accepted standard for medical education throughout most of the ancient West, and during the Renaissance, this tradition was revived and the Corpus Hippocratum was used as a basis for continuing medical exploration.
Some schools require a form of the Oath at the very beginning of the training; others require that the Oath be recited at the end of the medical education but before the term of practical education such as internships and residencies.
This would indicate that the Hippocratic prohibition of abortion, at least in the mind of Scribonius in the 1st century AD, and in the minds of as many physicians as we can assume Scribonius to represent, was a moral prohibition, as was the prohibition of euthanasia.
www.utilis.net /hh/hippo.htm   (5467 words)

 Doctor Gifts - Hippocratic Oath Plaques
Find the ideal gift for your doctor or for anyone in the medical field based on the Hippocratic Oath and made in Greece on the island of Kos, the birthplace of Hippocrates.
Hippocrates was a Greek physician born in 460 BC on the island of Kos in Greece.
This Oath is taken by physicians today as they begin their medical practice.
www.hippocraticoath.gr   (310 words)

 Hippocratic Oath
The Hippocratic Oath (see ancient and modern versions) is one of the oldest binding documents in history.
Perhaps most telling, while the classical oath calls for "the opposite" of pleasure and fame for those who transgress the oath, fewer than half of oaths taken today insist the taker be held accountable for keeping the pledge.
Indeed, a growing number of physicians have come to feel that the Hippocratic Oath is inadequate to address the realities of a medical world that has witnessed huge scientific, economic, political, and social changes, a world of legalized abortion, physician-assisted suicide, and pestilences unheard of in Hippocrates' time.
www.alternativehealth.co.nz /hippocraticoath.htm   (938 words)

 Greek Medicine - Hippocrates - Crystalinks
The Hippocratic face is the change produced in the countenance by death, or long sickness, excessive evacuations, excessive hunger, and the like.
The nose is pinched, the eyes are sunk, the temples hollow, the ears cold and retracted, the skin of the forehead tense and dry, the complexion livid, the lips pendent, relaxed, and cold.
Several parts of the Oath have been removed or re-worded over the years in various countries, schools, and societies but the Oath still remains one of the few elements of medicine that have remained unchanged.
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5) There are two highly controversial vows in the original Hippocratic Oath that physicians continue to ponder and struggle with as a profession: the pledges never to participate in euthanasia and abortion.(1) These prohibitions applied primarily to those identified as Hippocratic physicians, a medical sect that represented only a small minority of all self-proclaimed healers.
The Hippocratics' reasons for refusing to participate in euthanasia may have been based on a philosophical or moral belief in preserving the sanctity of life or simply on their wish to avoid involvement in any act of assisted suicide, murder, or manslaughter.
The formal use of the Hippocratic Oath for medical students at commencement exercises.
scienceweek.com /2004/sa040917-6.htm   (630 words)

 Association of American Medical Colleges
Furthermore, evidence suggests that the tradition of using the oath as a qualification for the practice of medicine did not become widespread until the middle of the last century.
The realization that the Hippocratic Oath is dynamic rather than static and that its administration to graduating medical students is a modern phenomenon may disillusion some newly minted physicians who believe they are uttering the same words passed down by their medical brethren since ancient Greece.
The first indication he received that his proposed oath was being used by medical school graduates occurred 10 years after its publication, when a colleague from the University of California, San Francisco, informed him that the “Oath of Lasagna” was chosen for recitation by that year’s graduating class.
www.aamc.org /newsroom/reporter/sept2001/hippocraticoath.htm   (1042 words)

 NOVA Online | Survivor M.D. | The Hippocratic Oath—Modern Version
Upon graduation, many medical students take a modern version of the oath written by Louis Lasagna in 1964.
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.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/nova/doctors/oath_modern.html   (391 words)

 The Hippocratic Oath   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
His statement that the “Oath remained a minority pledge up to modern times” coupled with the quote from the (poorly written and also vague) article that he provides, “even well into the 20th century relatively few American physicians formally took the oath” is grossly misleading.
The Oath, when it was first translated to English in the 16th century, could not be taken because it was a pagan pledge (to gods like “Apollo, Hygieia and Panaceia”).
The categorical parts of the Oath, that obviously extend to absolute morality, that is, the prohibitions on sexual relations with patients, assisted suicide and abortion, those haven’t clearly changed at all, and the good doctor that Wesley cites should know it.
thefactis.org /TheThingIs/archive/2006/03/10/15359.aspx   (1165 words)

 Hippocratic Oath 2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The fact that such an oath was deemed necessary is proof enough that abortions were common in ancient Greece and that its author tried to prevent at least the physicians from participating in them.
Today the oath is attributed to some older school, possibly that of the philosopher
Most modern versions of the Hippocratic oath - if it is taken at all - no longer mention abortions, which are now routinely performed by many doctors in many countries.
www2.hu-berlin.de /sexology/ECE2/html/hippocratic_oath_2.html   (202 words)

 The Hippocratic Oath (Steve Harris)
I'd be >curious to know the content of their current oath, if they choose to >commit to one.
The other advice given in the oath is pretty good advice, and most of it winds up in medical school oaths.
The Hippocratic oath was a nice guild oath in its day, but that's basically what it is. It's mostly concerned with trade-protection, and keeping the medical trade in the family.
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 Update Vol. 14, No. 1 - March 1998
In 1993, only one school used the classical version of the Oath, 45 used a shorter (165 vs. 335 words) modern version, 22 used oaths which were based on the Hippocratic Oath but included significant modifications, and one used an unknown version of the Hippocratic Oath.
Six schools reported that they had used the Hippocratic Oath, but while reviewing the content, we found that the wording of these six oaths was actually some other oath which had been erroneously labeled "The Hippocratic Oath," and we counted these six in the proper categories.
To assess the content of the oaths in use in 1993, we used the excellent content analysis of the classical Hippocratic Oath done by Leon Kass.
www.llu.edu /llu/bioethics/update/u141b.htm   (1070 words)

 Greek Medicine | Hippocrates | The Oath
Contrary to popular belief, the Hippocratic Oath is not required by most modern medical schools.
Whatever I see or hear in the lives of my patients, whether in connection with my professional practice or not, which ought not to be spoken of outside, I will keep secret, as considering all such things to be private.
So long as I maintain this Oath faithfully and without corruption, may it be granted to me to partake of life fully and the practice of my art, gaining the respect of all men for all time.
www.nlm.nih.gov /hmd/greek/greek_oath.html   (408 words)

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