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By Steven H. Miles

This attractive e-book examines what the Hippocratic Oath intended to Greek physicians 2400 years in the past and displays on its relevance to scientific ethics at the present time. Drawing at the writings of old physicians, Greek playwrights, and glossy students, each one bankruptcy explores one among its passages and concludes with a contemporary case dialogue. The Oath proposes ideas governing the connection among the health care provider and society and sufferers. It ideas out using poison and a detrimental abortive approach. It defines integrity and restraint in physicians' speech. the traditional Greek clinical works written through the similar interval because the Oath demonstrate that Greek physicians understood they'd an obligation to prevent scientific error and research from undesirable results. those works confirmed how and why to inform sufferers approximately their ailments and dire prognoses on the way 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 useful advisor to the moral perform of medication. this can be a booklet for a person who loves medication and is worried concerning the ethics and heritage of this occupation

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By invoking a divine element they were able to screen their own failure to give suitable treatment and so called this a "sacred" malady to conceal their ignorance of its nature. . I believe that this disease is not in the least more divine than any other but has the same nature as other diseases and a similar cause. Moreover, it can be cured no less than other diseases so long as it has not become inveterate and too powerful for the drugs which are given. . [A] man with the knowledge of how to produce [a treatment] .

The Apollonian-Asclepian ancestry of Hippocrates causes a fair amount of confusion. Some people mistakenly believe that the Oath is a priestly oath or that the Hippocratic School was a temple-based healing cult. Asclepian physicians were priestly healers who claimed to be descendents of Asclepius (Aleshire). They were affiliated with temples to Asclepius and they healed by prayer, sacrifice, divination, and naturo- 24 PHYSICIAN, WHO ARE YOU? pathic cures. By virtue of his descent through Podalirius, Hippocrates was an Asclepian physician and would have had the privilege to practice in the temples (Joanna 34-35, 45-50).

Acad Med 2002;77432-37. 21. Hunter. 22. Epidemics 5:16. 23. On Wounds of the Head X. 24. htm#l. See also Wilkins RH. The Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus. Neurosurgery 1964:240-4. 25. Sophocles (1984), Oedipus lines: 30-7, 211-4, 80, 245-7. ) Though Sophocles is known today for his accomplishments in theater and war, Athens gave him an extraordinary hero's funeral because he was the official host when the Asclepian cult was introduced to that polis (Knox, notes in Sophocles [1984] 257). 26. For discussions of the use of Greek tragedies in understanding Greek culture, see Nussbaum 1-22, Pearson 8-33, and Patterson 108-9.

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