I went down a strange research rabbit hole about the Hippocratic Oath, and tweeted about it:
The first interesting thing I learned about the Hippocratic Oath is that the words "Primum non nocere" or "First, do no harm" don't appear in the original. It has a more wishy-washy line about not harming people, but it's not central or primary to the oath.— Buster (@buster) January 17, 2019
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This is a modern re-write of the Hippocratic Oath which is the version most adopted by doctors today.
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.
Okay, it’s good to be humble and acknowledge the mountain of science that every doctor stands upon.
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures that are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
This is my favorite line in the oath because it acknowledges that it’s necessary to always find the right balance here, and there’s no hard line around treatment or no treatment that a medical philosophy can rest on.
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.
Another caveat to our instincts to …