Hippocratic oath


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Hippocratic oath

an oath taken by a doctor to observe a code of medical ethics supposedly derived from that of Hippocrates (?460--?337), Greek physician commonly regarded as the father of medicine

Hippocratic oath

ethical code of medicine. [Western Culture: EB, 11: 827]
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The Hippocratic Oath and its discussion by scholars is merely mentioned to introduce the topic to the reader and provide a needed theoretical framework for analyzing subsequent oaths.
At a press briefing held in the Capital recently, to announce the launch of its two- year post graduate management programme, Shekhar Chaudhuri, director, SME and former director, IIM- Calcutta, said that he would explore the possibility of introducing a pledge similar to Hippocratic Oath for its inaugural batch.
The Hippocratic Oath was the expression of a very particular philosophical group (Pythagorean-like); it resembles an initiation rite; it is highly paternalistic and individualistic; and it ignores the contributions of religious and secular ethics in articulating rights, duties, and norms.
Mrs May said: "It's astonishing that the police have not had an explicit code of ethics, an equivalent if you like to the hippocratic oath for doctors.
The doctors in Europe are also striking for higher salaries but nobody over there thought of accusing the strikers of violating the Hippocratic Oath, Rizaov concludes.
This is completely in breach of the Hippocratic Oath, and contrary to the code of ethics and humanity.
argues that professional ethics are not morally justifiable, are morally repugnant even, and that the Hippocratic Oath in particular must be abandoned by medical professionals.
Security police and the government bullied many of them into silently selling out on their Hippocratic Oath when it came to the care of activist patients.
He said: "I'm not a big crime fiction fan, but the notion of a doctor who can take the Hippocratic oath on one hand while coldly planning to take lives with the other, simply fascinated me.
Doctors either taking or not taking the Hippocratic Oath are assumed to live up to the oath's wisdom.
Forget the Hippocratic oath and everything, but please be gentle with suffering patients.
By some accounts, the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians and other health care professionals dates in one form or another to the 5th century B.