Mythical super beings do not exist and as a believer in Jehovah God I also know we may not swear, but that does not indicate we may not promise something nor keep to promises.
It would be wrong to have people swearing for gods, but they could give words of honour not to do certain things and to keep looking for the best of their patient.
skeptical cardiologist never liked Hippocratic Oath => quite pleased to read it is gradually being replaced by more appropriate oaths with many medical graduates taking an excellent pledge created by the World Medical Association.
Hippocrates = often cited in alternative medicine circles > food=medicine
Food = so much more than medicine >healthy relationship with food essential to person’s well-being
Hippocrates + his followers believed in humoral theory = idea all disease results from an imbalance of the “four humors.
food = medicine trope = marker for pseudo and anti-science humbuggery – ACP
The Physician’s Pledge
- to dedicate life to service of humanity;
Health + Well-being patient first consideration;
Respect autonomy + dignity of patient + human life;
medical knowledge for benefit of patient + advancement of healthcare;
- Not violate human rights + civil liberties > even under threat;
The skeptical cardiologist has never liked the Hippocratic Oath and so was quite pleased to read that it is gradually being replaced by more appropriate oaths with many medical graduates taking an excellent pledge created by the World Medical Association.
Here’s the first line of the Hippocratic Oath
I swear by Apollo the Healer, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.
Much as I enjoy the ribald hi jinx of the gods and goddesses in Greek mythology and appreciate the back story behind words like panacea and hygiene* I just don’t feel it is appropriate to swear an oath to mythical super beings.
Let Food Be Thy Medicine-The Apocryphal Hippocratic Trope
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