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relating to hippocrates.
Hippocratic Oath a moral code for ethical conduct and practice in medicine, established according to the ideals of hippocrates. The text is as follows: “I swear by Apollo the physician, by Aesculapius, Hygeia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment the following oath: To consider dear to me as my parents him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and if necessary to share my goods with him; to look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art if they so desire without fee or written promise; to impart to my sons and the sons of the master who taught me and the disciples who have enrolled themselves and have agreed to the rules of the profession, but to these alone, the precepts and the instruction. I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone. To please no one will I prescribe a deadly drug, nor give advice which may cause his death. Nor will I give a woman a pessary to procure abortion. But I will preserve the purity of my life and my art. I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners (specialists in this art). In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction, and especially from the pleasures of love with women or with men, be they free or slaves. All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or outside of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal. If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all men and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my lot.”


(hip'ō-krat'ik), Do not confuse this word with hypocritical.
Relating to, described by, or attributed to Hippocrates.


Relating to, described by, or attributed to Hippocrates.


Greek physician, 460-370 B.C.
Hippocrates bandage
hippocratic - relating to, described by, or attributed to Hippocrates.
hippocratic facies - sunken appearance of facial features seen in dehydration.
hippocratic fingers - clubbing of the fingers.
Hippocratic Oath - an oath demanded of physicians about to enter the practice of their profession.
hippocratic splash - Synonym(s): hippocratic succussion
hippocratic succussion - a diagnostic procedure to test for obstruction of the pylorus of stomach. Synonym(s): hippocratic splash
hippocratism - a system of medicine attributed to Hippocrates and his disciples that is based on the imitation of nature's processes in the therapeutic management of disease.
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Greene insists that a central thrust of the Hippocratic oath is retention of knowledge within the profession and that it restricts doctors from sharing valuable, even critical information with patients.
At a press briefing held in the Capital recently, to announce the launch of its two- year post graduate management programme, Shekhar Chaudhuri, director, SME and former director, IIM- Calcutta, said that he would explore the possibility of introducing a pledge similar to Hippocratic Oath for its inaugural batch.
Veatch successfully provides a critical reading of the Hippocratic Oath in medical ethics.
Mrs May said: "It's astonishing that the police have not had an explicit code of ethics, an equivalent if you like to the hippocratic oath for doctors.
He believes that the Hippocratic promise of fidelity to patients derives from this divergence.
Hippocratic, Religious, and Secular Medical Ethics delineates the many competing voices that become evident in a conflict over hospital policy or medical practice, offering several different ethical frameworks, among them those dealing with human rights.
The doctors in Europe are also striking for higher salaries but nobody over there thought of accusing the strikers of violating the Hippocratic Oath, Rizaov concludes.
This is completely in breach of the Hippocratic Oath, and contrary to the code of ethics and humanity.
Students took the Hippocratic Oath (taken by new medical students to honour the medical profession) in the presence of deans, faculty members, fellow students and family.
Security police and the government bullied many of them into silently selling out on their Hippocratic Oath when it came to the care of activist patients.
He said: "I'm not a big crime fiction fan, but the notion of a doctor who can take the Hippocratic oath on one hand while coldly planning to take lives with the other, simply fascinated me.
Doctors either taking or not taking the Hippocratic Oath are assumed to live up to the oath's wisdom.