Medicine has changed dramatically since the time of Hippocrates but the ethical and moral demands placed on physicians today are no less important. The Hippo-cratic oath so often cited by the general public as the recognized statement of obligation made by young physicians as they enter the practice of medicine is surprisingly archaic.
One of the major changes taking place in medicine is the growing role that patients are taking in preserving their health and sharing in the decision-making process with their physician. The complexity of modern medicine has redefined the doctor-patient relationship and it would be desirable that the
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A Shared Oath on Entering Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 1989;110:173. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-110-2-173_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(2):173.
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