Friday, July 27, 2007

My Ideal Doctor (Part 1)

Yesterday, I posed the question: What would your ideal doctor be like? Thanks to daily dose, marja, gay biplar guy, and marie for responding. Next week, I'll share my thoughts more fully. For today, I would just like to say that I would hope my doctors would honor the Hippocratic Oath that was was written by Hippocrates, the father of medicine, in the 4th century B.C.

"I swear by Apollo, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath.

To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.

To please no one will I prescribe a deadly drug nor give advice which may cause his death.

Nor will I give a woman a pessary to procure abortion.

But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.

I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art.

In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction and especially from the pleasures of love with women or with men, be they free or slaves.

All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.

If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all men and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my lot."

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For the time being, I'm only blogging on Mondays through Fridays and taking the weekends off. I need to spend more time outdoors and won't be online during the weekends.

4 comments:

Daily Dose said...

Great Oath..and I agree. Wanting to be a counselor myself...I want to be the best I could be, to do the right thing, make good judgement and follow my morales and values within my new profession.

I have to ask, if you don't mind...do your patients and their families know you have bipolar?

Enjoy the good outdoors.

Susan Bernard said...

Tery,
I'm a writer, not a counselor! But perhaps others who do have patients will comment!

Susan

Daily Dose said...

Yanow, I think I confused you with someone else :)

For some strange reason I thought you were a physician.

Marie said...

Susan, glad you are taking some time for you. Have a nice weekend.