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The Moral Physician (or Medicine as 'sacrament')

"The moral foundations of modern medicine have a dual ancestry: from the Greeks, medicine has inherited the idea that the physician's primary duty is to his patient; and from the Romans, that his primary duty is to do no harm. The first of these ideas, although quite unrealized, is often said to be the ideal of Western medicine; the second, although quite unrealizable, is often said to be its First Commandment.

Primum non nocere. (First, do no harm.) What a lofty prescription! But what an absurd one. For the questions immediately arise, To whom should the physician do no harm? and Who will define what constitutes harm?

[...] the Platonic physician is an agent of the state – and, if need be, the adversary of his patient. In view of the immense influence of Platonic ideas on modern medicine, it is hardly surprising that we now face moral dilemmas attributable directly to the medical arrangement advocated by Plato and his countless loyal supporters, past and present.

Everywhere, children, and even many adults, take it for granted not only that there is a god but that he can understand their prayers because he speaks their language. Likewise, children assume that their parents are good, and if their experiences are unbearably inconsistent with that image, they prefer to believe that they themselves are bad rather than that their parents are. The belief that doctors are their patients' agents – serving their patients' interests and needs above all others – seems to me to be of a piece with mankind's basic religious and familial myths."*

* From: The Moral Physician, in The Theology of Medicine, by Thomas S. Szasz. Syracuse University Press, 1977. http://www.somr.info/lib/The_Moral_Physician_Thomas_S_Szasz.pdf

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