The Oath – Porcelain
For Every Doctor Who Believes Laughter is the Best Medicine
For more than 2,400 years physicians have honored Hippocrates. Sacred vow to treat a patient with empirical, scientific wisdom and ethical consideration. However, as Christensen wittily reveals, medicine has taken directions that Hippocrates could never have imagined? The omnipresent beeper and mountains of paperwork, for example. At the same time some archaic treatments would surely elicit a chuckle? or shudder? from modern physicians and their patients. There’s one diagnostic tool that hasn’t changed, however: the crystal ball!