Primum non nocere

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“Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm. ” This quotation came from a brilliant person from the prosperous Greek period, where medical conditions were attributed to divine intervention but for him, ALL diseases have natural causes and natural cure. And I stand on his teachings and philosophies, for his thoughts were greatly needed on our modern time. Hippocrates was a Greek philosopher and physician who lived from 460 to 377 BC. He is known as the ‘father of modern medicine’. [1] His work included the Hippocratic Oath which described the basic ethics of medical practice and laid down a moral code of conduct for doctors.

He taught the physicians to find the causes of a disease by using their reason and not to blame the cause to the anger and ill will of the Gods. The classical Hippocratic Oath has been summarized as: ‘A solemn promise: •Of solidarity with teachers and other physicians. I think doctors should avoid getting advice from physicians out of their field because this would only interlude their knowledge. •Of beneficence (to do good or avoid evil) and non-maleficence (from the Latin ‘primum non nocere’ or ‘do no harm’) towards patients.

•Not to assist suicide or abortion. I think that this is very timely, because in the Philippines abortion is still illegal and I think physician should always bear in mind that they should only focus on curing the patient and do not agree if his/her patient ask for help in abortion, suicide or any other harmful things, because they promise to give cure not misery. •To leave surgery to surgeons. I can relate this to the present, because all surgeons are physicians, but not all physicians are surgeons. And we can see physicians actually performing surgical procedures and they only make their patient’s disease worse.

•Not to harm, especially not to seduce patients. Doctors should only give fairly and prescribed the right medication for the patient. In our news we can see doctors seducing patient by offering her great discount on the treatment but does not really perform his job well. Instead of being treated, the patient only got worse. So physicians should always think about this. •To maintain confidentiality and never to gossip. ‘ Physicians should work professionally, so they should always keep the private things between their patients and they should never gossip, because our physician is looked up with dignity and with good reputation.

-Basically, Hippocrates wants the physicians to follow a holistic concept, together with scientific thought with drug therapy, and they should use their knowledge ONLY and avoid ideas that are not really have been proven. Thus concretizing his quote, “the physician must insert wisdom in medicine” . Patients from the ancient time up to our modern day must be able to trust doctors with their lives and health. To justify that trust you must show respect for human life and you must:

For Hippocrates, the doctor should always be optimistic and should always support the hope of the patient to recover. I firmly believe that, if our doctors and physicians could maintain the philosophy of Hippocrates, we could always rely and trust on them for our health.

We could avoid sorcery, witchcrafts and doctor kwak-kwak as we call it because we know we deal with the professional. And now on the Philippines a lot aspire to become great doctors and so Hippocrates tell to them “Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity. ” . Then again, I stand on his teachings and philosophies, for his thoughts were greatly needed on our modern time.

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