Friday, May 18, 2007

We figured that doctors take oaths to preserve lives

http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=5775744f-dcfa-486f-b0b1-74ff84fde8e9&k=95967


It's a sad article in a number of ways, but the statement with the most profound implications for society is the one in the title, "We figured that doctors take oaths to preserve lives". No, they don't. Not anymore.

This mother was referring to the Hippocratic Oath. It requires a doctor to keep his patients from harm and injustice. It specifically forbids euthanasia and abortion. Of course you can see why physicians in general do not take this oath. In fact, it's difficult to get through medical school if you voice your opinion against euthanasia and abortion.

There are profound implications. You can listen to some of them at www.johnpatrick.ca. John is also promoting a modern version of the Hippocratic Oath.

2 Comments:

Blogger Rileysowner said...

It is a sad day when preserving life is even of little importance to doctors.

Just a suggestion when you post a link, use the link button on the blogger editor so that instead of a long link that stretches off the page you can just have hyper-linked text.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Shawn Abigail said...

Thanks for the tip on links.

Yes, it is a sad day. But of course this doesn't apply to all doctors. Many of them are dedicated to preserving life. But I guess the real question is "why?" People can be good according to my standard, but what is their standard. Will they consistently maintain a standard I find acceptable, or is their sense of morality and ethics a "make it up as you go" type of thing.

10:08 PM  

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