Posted by: adventlife | January 20, 2013

Has Loma Linda University altered the Hippocratic Oath? by Nic Samojluk

LLU-3-e1285942230861A few years ago, Wesley J. Smith, wrote an article entitled “Loma Linda University Also Has Weakened the Hippocratic Oath.” Is this true? A simple answer is “Yes,” but so have done many organizations in the past. This is evident from the following comments:

Hippocratic Oath

“Over the centuries, it has been rewritten often in order to suit the values of different cultures influenced by Greek medicine. Contrary to popular belief, the Hippocratic Oath is not required by most modern medical schools, although some have adopted modern versions that suit many in the profession in the 21st century. It also does not explicitly contain the phrase, “First, do no harm,” which is commonly attributed to it. …”

Nevertheless, the “do no harm” can be deduced from statements like this one contained in the original version of the Hippocratic Oath:

 “I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.”

More: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/greek/greek_oath.html

Now, let’s compare this “do no harm” feature contained in the original Hippocratic Oath with the following statement contained in the LomaLindaUniversity “Physician’s Oath:”

“I will maintain the utmost respect for human life. I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity. I will respect the rights and decision of my patients.”

More: http://www.susqneuro.com/publications/oaths/index.html#The Loma Linda University Physician’s Oath

Notice that the “I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion” has been replaced with the enigmatic statement which contains an internal logical contradiction:

“I will maintain the utmost respect for human life. I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity. I will respect the rights and decision of my patients.”

What happens when the decision of the patients is to end a life or a request for medication or treatment designed to end the life or the patient or the unborn baby a woman carries inside her body? How can a physician comply with his promise to “maintain the utmost respect for human life” under those circumstances?

It is evident that sometimes the “I will respect the rights and decision of my patients.” is antagonistic to the “do no harm” deduced from the original Hippocratic Oath.

Anybody who has ever carefully examined the Adventist “Guidelines on Abortion” document has probably discovered the same contradiction in said document.

Said guidelines state that human life is a magnificent gift from God which needs to be protected, but then said document enumerates a long list of circumstances under which said protection can be removed from the unborn, including when the woman is depressed and appeals to the mental health exception, thus rendering the protection of the unborn baby null and void.

Of course, this undeniable desire to ride the fence of the abortion divide can be easily explained if we discover that both documents have been originated in our LomaLindaUniversity. The Adventist leadership simply placed their stamp of approval on what was created in their flag educational institution.

This explains also the contradiction found between the church’s assertion that the church does not condone abortions on demand, when the evidence is undeniable that the church has allowed some of their hospitals to offer elective abortions with impunity starting as far back as 1970—three years before the abortion option was legalized in the U.S. mainland.

In spite of the above, I want to recognize that there is in LomaLindaUniversity a physician who still adheres to the Hippocratic Oath in spite of the watered down version of the institution:

Ingrid Blomquist, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine
School of Medicine

“Dr. Blomquist is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. She has been elected a Fellow of the AmericanCollege of Physicians and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Being a Hippocratic Physician, she has taken, and continues to believe in the principles of the Hippocratic Oath. …

The Hippocratic Oath (Geneva, 1948) …

I will maintain the utmost respect for human life, from the time of conception, even under threat I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity. I make these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honor. …”

More: http://www.llu.edu/pages/faculty/directory/faculty.html?uid=IBlomquist

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