The Hippocratic Oath and Clinical Ethics
Pellegrino, Edmund D.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1990 Winter; 1(4): 290-291.
Its obvious shortcomings aside, this study by H. Steven Moffic, John Coverdale, and Timothy Bayer is disquieting. It comes as no surprise that residents have lapses of cognitive recall. Every medical teacher knows this very well. What is worrisome is that their amnesia concerns the oldest, most revered, and most influential moral statement in the history of the profession...Purely apart from its content, the oath continues to have power as the solemnification of a physician's entry into the profession. It signifies a willingness to submit to a way of life that demands some suppression of self-interest. If studying the oath more explicitly reenforces this solemnification or strengthens the physician's dedication to the welfare of the patient, the effort will be worthwhile.
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