The Hippocratic Oath: Classic vs. Modern
One of the most interesting things to me is the differences between the modern and classic Hippocratic Oaths. One of the first things that I notice different in the Oaths is use of religion in the Classic Oath and it is omitted in the modern version. The modern version credits science in its Oath and doesn’t mention anything religious. The difference in the times is very evident when comparing the context of these writings just when reading the two. For example the classic oath when referring to doctors they continuously says “him”. Today, that would be seen as sexist and offensive to many women. As the classic oath continued and stated “I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy.” The first part of the oath says that doctors cannot use euthanasia as well as be involved in performing abortions. The modern oath shows the extended freedoms given to the patient as well as the responsibility granted to the doctor. The modern day oath was also written less boldly and in a much more broad politically correct sense. For example not specifically saying refrain from sexual relations with patients but, respect patients body soul and mind. I believe after reading and comparing the two oaths that because of the freedoms and intermingling of different cultures in America it was necessary to redo the oath.