Resurrection of the Hippocratic Oath in Russia
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 1994 Winter; 3(1): 49-51.
I graduated from medical school in 1972. According to orders signed at the Kremlin by the Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, I was obliged, along with every graduating medical student, to swear to a new professional code, "The Oath of the Soviet Physicians"....Not surprisingly, "The Oath of the Soviet Physicians" died along with the Soviet Union....In June 1992, a new medical oath, "The Promise of Russian Physicians," was published by joint decree of the Minister of Health Care and the Minister of Science, Education and Technology Policy....In terms of both its commissions and omissions, this new oath falls woefully short as a useful guide for moral actions in contemporary medicine....
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