Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Hospital's Hypocrite Oath, UPDATE

UPDATE: As of 1PM Mountain Time today (Monday, Feb. 14), the number of comments (on the Fox News site) related to this article has jumped to 1,549. The article has been recommended 997 times on Facebook.
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This is the original post that I put up earlier this morning:

It looked like just another sad, little story on the sidebar of news events this morning.

Until I clicked on the link and read the story .

First, the headline caught my attention, then the name of the city where it happened, then the story itself...and then the comments. At this point, there are over 627 comments listed and the number is rapidly climbing.

Some of the comments are good, kind, humane and compassionate. Some of them are not.

It should be noted that this story was reported by Fox News and appears on their website.

Ahem.

I left a comment there, too. And my comment included the words from Matthew 7:21: "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven."

No one will ever convince me that the staff in that emergency unit did what God expected them to do.
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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 to 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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