Letter #89, 2021, Thursday, August 19: “First, do no harm”

    “First, do no harm.” —A phrase summing up the essence of the much longer Hippocratic oath, sworn in ancient Greece, and also up until recent times in the West, by all new doctors as they took up the profession, or the vocation, of healing

    “According to the Hippocratic Corpus, Hippocratic medicine recommended a healthy diet and physical exercise as a remedy for most ailments. If this did not reduce sickness, some type of medication was recommended. Plants were processed for their medicinal elements.” —from a biography of Hippocrates, the Greek doctor and teacher who is regarded as the founder of all modern medicine almost 2,500 years ago. Hippocrates lived from 460-370 B.C., and his students collected 60 volumes of his teachings, published as the Hippocratic Corpus, considered the oldest writings on medicine (link)

    “I swear… that, according to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this contract:… I will use those dietary regimens which will benefit my patients according to my greatest ability and judgment, 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… 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.” —The Hippocratic Oath, taken for centuries by all doctors (link)

Praise the Lord

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