Did you hear about this?
I had nearly forgotten about this horrible story when it hit the news again after a few month lapse. But it never fails, every time this kind of news event (a corrupt caregiver manipulates his position) comes to the public eye, I begin to wonder:
What about the Hippocratic tradition/oath?
With the oath in mind, can “physicians” like Abdelmassih really be considered physicians at all?
After all, Abdelmassih no longer sought to heal, cure and care for his patients. He used his technical knowledge to his own advantage and abused the sacred bond between caregiver and patient. To say it bluntly, he manipulated and abandoned the nature of the craft.
Clearly he is not the rule in the field of medicine.
Nonetheless, this gives rise to a number of familiar concerns with the abuse of power/knowledge in an already complex relationship.
Do you think this has any resonating concerns within the entire field of medicine or is this just one extreme case?