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debris4spike in photo_scavenger

Faith

I work at a large hospital and this photo was taken on my phone, so not great quality. It is the centre of our Chapel. The cross is made from a tree that was on the property, and blown down about 10 years ago. However, it is a tree that is a direct relative of the tree that Hippocrates used to sit under, on the Greek Island of Kos. (Mum, Dad & I saw the tree when we were there in 2007

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Greek physician Hippocrates (460 BC - 370 BC) is the author of the oath, and for those who have never read it, enjoy.

The Hippocratic Oath

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.


For those who don't see my journal, or missed my entry, I posted some photos of Wells Cathedral ... a stunning building

Comments

That cross has a *very* cool history. Thanks for the Oath, as well. I don't think I've ever read the whole thing.
It is great to know the history ... I don't suppose many read the info!

Yes, the Oath is great - I first read it when I was at the birthplace Of Hippocrates, and they are lovely words.
That is a lovely picture. And thank you, too, for the full oath - it is a long time since I read it all like that.
It is great to know the history ... I don't suppose many read the info!

Yes, the Oath is great - I first read it when I was at the birthplace Of Hippocrates, and they are lovely words.
Fascinating.
It is great to know the history ... I don't suppose many read the info!
That is a really good picture - very clean and simple.
Thanks - as the Chapel is multi denomination, in this part, and multi-faith overall, it is a good design.
Thanks for that, both the photo and then the oath. It's been a long time since I last read this. I know that I haven't seen it since before the illness and then death of my father. It's almost two years that he's been gone....but that is making me look at the caregivers in a way that I have not thought of before. I spent the first half of the month after that as a patient myself but it's somehow different. It's almost insulting the healer to get my body. My dad was a former boxer. He was 93. Athletic relic. It's as if it were symbiotic to tend to his fading frame, he was a Stradivarius and I am what the thrift store intake bin declines. I don't think "first do no harm," if it's me that is the (im)patient but rather "sorry I have this thing that I carry my soul around in but it's not working properly so-" always inflicting myself on the others that share a planet with me. It's nice to see the Cross here along with the Oath, at least I don't ever feel like I'm inflicting me on God. I have my faith and if I am here for amusement purposes only, well, I am able to say I've had an incredibly beautiful life that is never boring so I don't know, I just think that our bodies are so substantial and then so impeding and flawed simultaneously. It's a vocation and not just a job to be in a role where you have made a promise to take on the welfare of someone else's soul-caddy and then you do that. 🙂 I am not ever going to promise to be succinct. It's a side effect of my constant thinking that "add comment" just evokes moreso if I have 4 double espressos. And I did. 😃🍵
Thanks - I have always worked in healthcare, and when I first read the words of the oath they struck me as words I was trying to follow anyway.

I lost my mum 2 years ago, and dad last year ... it is so hard, isn't it. I was close to them both, so it's nice to have the memories to remind me of the fun times.

I do have a faith - but loved reading that you have had an interesting life, so few people ever find the way to do that.
What a perfect answer to this prompt, and what a wonderful story behind that cross!
Thanks - I am so glad that I learned about the history of the cross - so it was nice to share that with you all.