Definition

Defining Hippocratic Medicine:

The Requirements

  • Transcendence

    Recognition that transcendence is essential to medicine
    Practitioner & patient each accountable to a higher authority

  • Medicine as a Moral Activity

    Acknowledgment that medicine is a moral activity
    Patients helped to decide what they ‘ought’ to do

  • Life Not Death

    A commitment to not intentionally kill or do harm
    A complete separation of killing and healing in society

  • Covenant

    Covenantal relationship between practitioner and patient
    A professional relationship throughout illness until death

  • Practitioner Integrity

    Informed by medical judgment, conscience and faith
    Preserved by freedom to refuse treatment that is harmful

  • Collegiality

    Moral consensus and enduring collegiality amongst like-minded practitioners