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Swearing to Life

From the January 1996 Print Edition

In 1972, deep in the library of the Mayo Clinic, Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun found an essay, written by the classicist Ludwig Edelstein in 1943, that described the Hippocratic Oath as “a Pythagorean manifesto and not an absolute standard of medical conduct.” With this ammunition, . . . . Continue Reading »