The Hippocratic Oath Of Ancient Greece Essay

738 Words Jan 18th, 2016 3 Pages
In ancient Greek society, many lived under a divine law that provided them with ethical and moral guidance; however, this clashes with the numerous social changes that formed today’s modern society. Physicians that took the Oath in Ancient Greece were sworn to follow a pledge that was relevant to the ancient belief in multiple Gods. When physicians took this Oath, they were swearing to the healing Gods that they would treat the ill to the best of their own ability, teach medicine to future generations, preserve patient confidentiality and heal in a way that was morally sound. The Oath begins with a promise to the Greek Gods and Goddesses that any future physician will conserve the Oath and that a mutual respect would be present when talking to, or dealing with, a teacher or a peer in the medical society. The Hippocratic Oath also claims that one must pass on the secrets of medicine to those willing to learn, in order to pass on the knowledge to the future generations. However, it is said that such knowledge would be passed down “without fee or contract” (Original Hippocratic Oath). This contradicts the fact that, in today’s modern society, students attending medical based graduate programs or medical school, are indebted to pay large amounts of money to acquire such knowledge that the physicians in Ancient Greece enthusiastically, and freely passed down. The original Hippocratic Oath also states that all students and teachers wishing to acquire such information are bound…

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