When I tell lay audiences that most doctors no longer take the Hippocratic Oath, which clears the way to permit some to engage in (now formerly) unprofessional acts (e.g., sex with patients) and still call themselves ethical, they are stunned and appalled. They know that the Oath was one of their best protections against abuse. Too bad Conis can't understand that simple truth and apparently embraces the ongoing deconstruction of professionalism that is afflicting our society in medicine, science, law, journalism, academia, and other areas of important endeavor.
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Did You Take The Hippocratic Oath?
You may have taken the unadulterated oath when you graduated, but medical school graduates today may opt to "improve" upon the ancient wisdom. According to Second Hand Smoke, today the oath has been watered down to accommodate today's medical "ethics."