Physicians, popularly known as Doctors, have a great role in the society and have an honorable place in the hearts of many. Motivated doctors, like motivated teachers, are adorable and hence are held in great esteem by the society. The modern version of the oath of Hippocrates the great physician of old, which is taken by every medical student who is to be trained to become a physician, reads as below (Johns Hopkins):
Oath of Hippocrates
- I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
- I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
- I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
- I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.
- I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.
- I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.
- I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
- I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
- I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
- If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.
Members of the CMF (UK) uphold the following medical ethics:
- To acknowledge, love and obey God as the Creator, Sustainer and Lord of all life.
- To practise whole-person medicine which addresses our patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs
- To maintain the deepest respect for human life from its beginning to its end, including the unborn, the handicapped and the elderly
- To serve our patients according to their healthcare need without partiality or discrimination on any basis.
- To care, sacrificially, for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized
- To uphold marriage between a man and a woman, faithfulness and the family
- To speak the truth, respect privacy and safeguard our patients’ confidences.
- To put our patients first whilst fully accepting our duty to promote preventive medicine and public health.
- To deal honestly with our professional and administrative colleagues and to respect the governing authorities
- To work constructively in scientific research and in training others for the benefit of individual patients and the advance of health care throughout the world.
Good doctors are a blessing
From the above-mentioned noble intentions of the medical profession, it is abundantly clear that every physician who takes the values of his/her profession seriously, must be given respect and honour. We can safely entrust our body in the hands of such doctors, for whom a patient’s health is their primary concern. We should thank God Almighty for giving us such wonderful doctors. May their tribe increase. Let their families be blessed.
Common medical systems and specialisations:
- Siddha and Ayurvedic
- Other alternative medical systems
- General practitioners
- Psychiatrists and Psychologists
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