The Medical Hippocratic Oath! Reply

The Hippocrates Oath!

The Oman Daily Observer – Features – Sunday – December 23rd 2012.

Between Us Only!

In all my writings, it is my strong belief and firm conviction that I do not put down into writing anything unless I have rechecked the facts first – and that is also why I prefer to use personal examples (or those that I know clearly of) to illustrate and demonstrate on the points being raised!

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Images – Doctors – For Demonstration Purposes Only!

And like I always say too – there is need to say this thing that has come out in The Society now! We are part of the global village and whatever happens in other parts of the world – especially nearer the home – we cannot isolate ourselves from the rest of the world in things and events in catching up with us! Besides – as a Citizen – it is my right to express myself here at least in this column!

According to Wikipedia – The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by Physicians (Doctors) and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine professionally, ethically and honestly. It is widely believed to have been written either by Hippocrates, often regarded as the father of western medicine, or by one of his students.

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Images – Doctors – For Demonstration Purposes Only!

The oath is written in Ionic Greek (late 5th century BC) – and is usually included in the Hippocratic Corpus. Of historic and traditional value – the oath is considered a rite of passage for practitioners of medicine in many countries – although nowadays the modernized version of the text varies among them. The Hippocratic Oath is one of the most widely known of Greek medical texts. It requires a new physician to swear upon a number of healing gods that he will uphold a number of professional ethical standards.

Incidentally my late Father always wanted one of his children to be a Doctor – but sorry old man to have let you down!

Last one month my nephew HMS wife got quadruplets (four children) at Khoula Hospital – but unfortunately they were premature – and one had died at birth. The other three survived and were put in incubators. This is because they were underweight. After some time two were released – leaving one still in the Hospital.

One the day that the Mother was told to go and collect the third child – a boy – she received the shock of her life to find that the baby ‘had died’ in the hospital – and the baby was left outside the incubator – probably some other baby needed it more now?

No one challenges that death is in the hands of Our Lord The Creator – but at the same time one would be crazy to run fast across the road of fast flying cars – and say that if my time has come then it will have come!

The problem is that we especially Omanis – like the rest of us from the Interior stock – are fatalistic in nature and in approach – and this has allowed our adversaries to take advantage of us – and in making us marginalised – and victims of our good nature, character and welcoming to others – in addition to respecting!

In my book – A Cry For Help! – quoting for example – not to try to sell and or advertise my books! – I wrote this loving part of a son to her dying Mother. Titled Goodbye, Our Mama! – in Memoriam! In it I said – Quote – Also if you as The Head of The Medical Team have already reached a decision with one member of the family – in this case me as the eldest – you should stick to that agreement – otherwise it causes distrust and divisions in the family especially when death comes in – as it did! – Unquote. You can read the article in the site www.majidall.com and in above.

No one knows what really happened – from coming to collect your live-to-go-home-child to the despair, doom and disaster of dead-to-go-bury-child! What really happened in between? Was the doctor qualified as a Paedetrician to handle the case? Or is it the usual ‘trial-and error new-grounds-to-discover-and explore New Doctors with little – and or minimal experiences syndromes?

There was a similar column in this same newspaper by one young Omani Columnist – on the very same subject. We do not want to make the doctors to be scared and concerned on practicing medicine! But at the same time we do not want them to be care-free and careless – especially when they see they are dealing with poor disadvantaged people that have no Wastah (Influence!) – and it does not bother or concern them – or they expect no favours to be received in return.

A poor disadvantaged person feels equally for his child – if not more – because this is the best thing that had happened to him. Unless some Doctors are taken to task – they lose their licenses – and fines and penalties are imposed these things will continue unabated! Those in positions to look into and take care of such things must do their jobs – professionally, ethically and principally – otherwise they should quit – and let those that can be more responsible and accountable take over their jobs and responsibilities!

I stand corrected here – with sincere apologies!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

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