Deborah (debris4spike) wrote,
Deborah
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Hyppocrates

Some of you know that I am one of the maintainers on photo_scavenger now, and this weeks topic is FAITH - so I thought I would share my post with you.


I work at a large hospital and this photo was taken on my phone, so not great quality. It is the centre of our Chapel. The cross is made from a tree that was on the property, and blown down about 10 years ago. However, it is a tree that is a direct relative of the tree that Hippocrates used to sit under, on the Greek Island of Kos. (Mum, Dad & I saw the tree when we were there in 2007

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Greek physician Hippocrates (460 BC - 370 BC) is the author of the oath, and for those who have never read it, enjoy.

The Hippocratic Oath

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.
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