Posts Tagged ‘Hippocrates’

Father of Western Medicine

April 7, 2010

I finally had some time to check my rss feeds and found an article about short but precise writings. One of the writings was the Hippocratic Oath.
Hippocrates is widely considered  to be the Father of Western Medicine. I remember growing up and hearing that medical students had to take this oath (or some part of it ) before becoming practicing doctors.
Two things that struck me are written in the following sentences:
“I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.”
What is so amazing that in the society like Rome someone would consider abortion and euthanasia (or assisted suicide) unholy and unethical. I wonder if Hippocrates in his thinking came to a point where he start considering human life sacred and valuable. If he did, he went in the right direction. Direction many of today’s doctors fall short to follow.