The question is: what is medicine supposed to be all about?

Linda Emanuel*

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The Hippocratic Oath has survived, with overriding power, the test of time. Written somewhere between 600 B.C. and 100 A.D., it addresses the intrinsic nature of medicine. Even those of us who know little of it or reject parts of it acknowledge it to be a symbol of the values of medicine. Such "canonization" is unlikely to be arbitrary; it is more likely that the oath strikes some key chord of truth. I suggest that it is its drive to the heart of medicine that makes the Hippocratic Oath inspiring today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-290
Number of pages2
JournalThe Journal of clinical ethics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy


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