Week 4_Medicine by uriel cobian

The required readings for this week were “The Oath by Hippocrates” and “Hippocratic Oath- Modern Version.” These were very similar since the ladder is in fact a modern version of the other. Both oaths have a speaker who is some sort of doctor. Each one promises to treat his job with respect and follow the examples set by those before him. In the one by Hippocrates, the speaker thanks the gods for blessing him with the ability to cure others. For this, he offers, in return, to teach others his trade and to respectfully carry it out. By this, the speaker means that he will never do more than he has to do. He states that he “will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked” and promises to only work for “the benefit of the sick.” The modern oath is different in that instead of thanking the gods, the speaker thanks the people that were doctors before him. He promises to follow their examples. It is also different from the other because the speaker is more specific with what he is promising to do. The speaker says that he will never help people hurt themselves and that he will never be afraid to ask for help when needed. Like Hippocrates, the speaker also mentions that a patient’s privacy is very important. Both speakers at the end admit that if they don’t violate this oath, and do indeed respect medicine, they will then have respect for themselves and live a happy life.

In today’s world, appearances make this type of oath nearly impossible to keep. Because of appearance standards set by the media, more and more people decide to change what they look. For this, they need the help of doctors, even though they’re not really sick. By helping them make these modifications, doctors would break the promises set by these oaths. Perhaps it would be a good idea for someone to make a new oath that included promises to not make unnecessary modifications to their patients. However, these modifications are a never-ending source of income for these doctors, and apparently, money means more than respect for their jobs. This reminds me of a show on television called “Dr. 90210,” which focuses on a doctor who does nothing but perform surgeries on people who are unhappy with how they look. It’s pretty disappointing to see the doctor rip apart the natural state of a person to turn them into something they’re not. A classic and very obvious example of someone who has made many changes to their appearance via medicine is Michael Jackson, who at times doesn’t even look like a human being anymore.

Cosmetic surgery has become so common that people aren’t even embarrassed to say they’ve had it done, and the statistics show it: http://www.surgery.org/press/news-release.php?iid=428&section=news-stats

The only way to stop this is for doctors to step up and realize that this practice is not only immoral, but is also setting bad standards for children who want to be like the people that have surgery done. Many girls obsess to be as skinny as their favorite actress but don’t realize their appearance is probably due to cosmetic surgery. Doctors are deviating from what the oaths say they’re supposed to do, but they just have to stop caring about the money and start having a little more respect for their jobs.

michael jackson before and after surgery

michael jackson before and after surgery

-uriel cobian

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