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First of all the doctor should look at the patient’s face. If he looks his usual self this is a good sign - Hippocrates 430BC


They say that Hippocrates was the "Father of Medicine" and physicians today are to live by the Hippocratic Oath. Today most physicians probably couldn't even recite the first paragraph. So here is the Modern Version's first two. 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.

The evolution of medicine fascinates us all. We have come a long way or have we?


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