Tuesday, 16 January 2007

Take The Oath (But cross your fingers)

Tim Challies writes about a message from his own pastor regarding the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada plan to recommend that all expectant mothers undergo screening for fetal abnormalities

This got me to thinking about the Hippocratic oath that doctors have traditionally taken upon graduating from medical school and entering their field. Granted it is an ancient, even originally a pagan oath, but it is interesting to see the changes to it reflecting current values. There is a link here detailing some of the changes.

Quote: ”According to a 1993* survey of 150 U.S. and Canadian medical schools, for example, only 14 percent of modern oaths prohibit euthanasia, 11 percent hold convenant with a deity, 8 percent foreswear abortion, and a mere 3 percent forbid sexual contact with patients—all maxims held sacred in the classical version.”

In some ways it seems that some doctors now promise to be protectors of comfort or convenience rather than life itself.

Take Care

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