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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Medical students revise their Hippocratic oath to reflect modern values

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Dell let its inaugural class select and revise their own oath earlier this month. The students decided to modify parts of a more humanistic oath written in 1964 by Dr. Louis Lasagna, a former dean at Tufts University School of Medicine.
“I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, or a cancerous growth, but a sick human being,” the students vowed at their symbolic white coat ceremony. In these ceremonies, now common nationwide, students accept white coats, recite oaths, and commit to practice ethically as they begin their medical education.....
(wiki) Lasagna’s oath is the most popular one used by medical schools: 33 percent use it, according to a 2009 survey of 135 US and Canadian medical schools. Just 11 percent of the schools use the classical Hippocratic version, researchers found.
“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,” Lasagna’s oath reads in part. Lasagna’s version also calls on doctors to admit when they don’t know the answer; prevent diseases; and to take responsibility not just for the patient’s health, but for the way an illness affects a person’s “family and economic stability.”


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