To be honest I really don't know why Doctors pledge The Hippocratic Oath any more. This is from my recent experince with my Mom in the hospital. I do not believe that they believe it at all. They seem to only believe in the God of Money. Also the pledge Do No Harm does not mean anything to these men. Bedside manner is not existent.

My Mom went to the hospital, Doctors would not look at her. They looked over her. One doctor the general practitioner seemed to enjoy yelling at her. He actually told her that if she did not do exactly what he said (surgery) she was going to die. This is still haunting her. Do no harm? Really?

Now the specialist who made a special point of saying (several times) that Mom should come in for a follow up. He went so far as to take my brother to the nurses station so he could give him his number and said several times she needs to come for a follow up.

When I called for a follow up his office manager told me that he did not need to see her. This was after finding out she had medicare. This was a complete turn around, he did not see her for two weeks,(per his instructions in the hospital) he did not know how she is, just that he decided that all of the sudden no follow up was needed. Even in the notes given to my Mom by the hospital that it is clear she is suppose to go in for a follow up in two weeks.

Is this modern medical care? Is this the so called caring profession? I don't think so.

Below is some info on Hippocrates and his oath;

This is from Wikipedia;

Hippocrates of Cos or Hippokrates of Kos (Greek: Ἱπποκράτης; Hippokrátēs; c. 460 BC – c. 370 BC) was an ancient Greek physician of the Age of Pericles (Classical Greece), and is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is referred to as the father of western medicine[2][3][4] in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School of Medicine. This intellectual school revolutionized medicine in ancient Greece, establishing it as a discipline distinct from other fields that it had traditionally been associated with (notably theurgy and philosophy), thus establishing medicine as a profession.

This is from National Library of Medicine, 2002. Translated by Michael North.

Hippocratic Oath

I swear by Apollo the physician, and Asclepius, and Hygieia and Panacea and all the gods and goddesses as my witnesses, that, according to my ability and judgement, I will keep this Oath and this contract:

To hold him who taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents, to be a partner in life with him, and to fulfill his needs when required; to look upon his offspring as equals to my own siblings, and to teach them this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or contract; and that by the set rules, lectures, and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to students bound by this contract and having sworn this Oath to the law of medicine, but to no others.

I will use those dietary regimens which will benefit my patients according to my greatest ability and judgement, and I will do no harm or injustice to them.

I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.

In purity and according to divine law will I carry out my life and my art.

I will not use the knife, even upon those suffering from stones, but I will leave this to those who are trained in this craft.

Into whatever homes I go, I will enter them for the benefit of the sick, avoiding any voluntary act of impropriety or corruption, including the seduction of women or men, whether they are free men or slaves.

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. However, should I transgress this Oath and violate it, may the opposite be my fate.

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