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Why Physicians Should Not Kill Their Patients - Just the Facts - Followed by a brief summary of recent historical events of medical conduct contrary to basic physician to patient promises.
statements taken from a nice grouping at The Texas
Pages 4 - 8
I swear by Apollo
physician, by Aesculapius, and
Health, and All-heal, and all the gods and
I will give no
deadly medicine to any one if asked,
nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner
With purity and with holiness I will pass my life and practice my Art.
I will not cut persons labouring under the stone, but will leave this to be done by men who are practitioners of this work.
Into whatever houses I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of the sick, and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption; and, further, from the seduction of females or males, of freemen and slaves.
Whatever, in connection with my professional service, or not in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought not to be spoken of abroad, I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret.
While I continue to keep this Oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the Art, respected by all men, in all times. But should I trespass and violate this Oath, may the reverse be my lot.
Medicine is, at its center, a moral enterprise grounded in a covenant of trust. This covenant obliges physicians to be competent and to use their competence in the patient's best interests. Physicians, therefore, are both intellectually and morally obliged to act as advocates for the sick wherever their welfare is threatened and for their health at all times.
Today, this covenant of trust is
From within, there is growing legitimation
of the physician's
materialistic self-interest; from
without, for-profit forces press the physician into
the role of commercial
to enhance the profitability
of health care organizations. Such
distortions of the
physician's responsibility degrade
the patient-physician relationship that is the
central element and
of clinical care. To capitulate
to these alterations of the trust
By its traditions and very nature, medicine is a special kind of human activity — one that cannot be pursued effectively without the virtues of humility, honesty, intellectual integrity, compassion, and effacement of excessive self-interest. These traits mark physicians as members of a moral community dedicated to something other than its own self-interest.
Our first obligation must be to serve the good of those persons who seek our help and trust us to provide it. Physicians, as physicians, are not, and must never be, commercial entrepreneurs, gateclosers, or agents of fiscal policy that runs counter to our trust. Any defection from primacy of the patient's well-being places the patient at risk by treatment that may compromise quality of or access to medical care.
We believe the medical profession must reaffirm the primacy of its obligation to the patient through national, state, and local professional societies; our academic, research, and hospital organizations; and especially through personal behavior. As advocates for the promotion of health and support of the sick, we are called upon to discuss, defend, and promulgate medical care by every ethical means available. Only by caring and advocating for the patient can the integrity of our profession be affirmed. Thus we honor our covenant of trust with patients.
Source: Crawshaw R, Rogers DE,
Pellegrino ED, Bulger RJ,
Lundberg GD, Bristow LR, Cassel CK,
The Patient-Physician Relationship
“No physician, in so far as he is a physician, considers his own good in what he prescribes, but the good of his patient; for the true physician is also a ruler having the human body as a subject, and is not a mere moneymaker.”
American College of
Recognizing that the American College of Surgeons seeks to exemplify and develop the highest traditions of our ancient profession, I hereby pledge myself, as a condition of Fellowship in the College, to live in strict accordance with its principles and regulations.
I pledge myself to pursue the practice of surgery with honesty and to place the welfare and the rights of my patient above all else. I promise to deal with each patient as I would wish to be dealt with if I were in the patient's position, and I will set my fees commensurate with the services rendered. I will take no part in any arrangement, such as fee splitting or itinerant surgery, which induces referral or treatment for reason other than the patient's best welfare.
Upon my honor, I declare that I will advance my knowledge and skills, will respect my colleagues, and will seek their counsel when in doubt about my own abilities. In turn, I will willingly help my colleagues when requested.
Finally, I solemnly pledge myself to cooperate in advancing and extending the art and science of surgery by my Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.
Basic Rights of Patients
• Not to be killed
intentionally or negligently.
Source: McCullough LB, Jones JW,
Brody BA. Basic rights
of surgical patients.
Psychiatrists in Communist Russia
Communist officials suppressed
dissidents by having psychiatrists
Physicians in Nazi Germany
The Nazis wanted German physicians to identify all Jewish patients, the retarded, and those with mental illnesses because they didn’t fit into the “master race.”
Further information by Kaiser Papers - Our personal opinions based on actual documentation we have compiled. With the exception of the first statement following with it's qualifier, all public record information pertaining to these statements is readily available on this web site - The Kaiser Papers.
United States - Kaiser Specific
Physician dissidents locked up in psychiatric wards in an attempt to declare them unstable to "teach them a lesson" so they will either conform or seek employment elsewhere. (Proof only to be provided to law enforcement or the U.S. Congress as it is highly sensitive information.)
Patients, in mass, medicated with
an attempt to not medically treat a patient but to cut company working
costs and imply to those lulled into stupor that all medical conditions
can be controlled by the pharmaceutical industry - the very backbone of
the Kaiser conglomerate.
Patients and government openly lied to regarding the outright killing of patients that need more than a pill for treatment or cure in the long term in an effort to distort medical data and keep the cost of running the various enterprises down.
Patients experimented on, often without their knowledge and often without any proven need - often paid for by pharmaceutical companies and of course by the FDA in the recent contract regarding proving what they already knew and had known for years - that the medication Vioxx was killing people.
Denying the existence of medical conditions and diseases that in the long term could cost a great deal of money in an effort to deceive the patient and distort for personal financial gain the true medical evidence.
Local and Federal Government openly lied to by having been presented distorted or intentionally miswritten medical proof that these companies are capable of following through and completing adequately and professionally medical contracts for the public benefit where in reality they are just sliding along reaping benefits off of the taxpayers money by doing as little as possible.Physicians no longer practicing the "Art of Medicine" but rather following a Permanente written protocol which often results in shortened life span and needless human suffering because basic medical conditions do not fit into the written instructions and are often ignored. This is not done with the intent to further medicine but with the intent to further line the pockets of the stockholder/partners of the Permanente Medical Group and the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan which pays the Permanente Medical Group funds from unsuspecting consumers.