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14 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Retired Catholic physician promoting modern hippocratic oath By NANCY I-ULRTNAGEL Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A retired Catholic physician in Boston is promoting a modern restatement of the ancient Hip- pocratic oath in which physi- cians promise toreject abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia. Dr. Joseph Stanton, 75, who was an associate professor of clinical medicine at Tufts Uni- versity and practiced at St. Eliz- abeth's Medical Center in Brighton, has spent the last year-and-a-half coordinating an effort to restore the oath as a =broad standard of conduct" for physicians. The original oath is attributed to disciples of the Greek physi- cian Hippocrates around 400 B.C. It marked the physician "as a moral operator," spelling out a code of sexual behavior and a code of confidentiality, Stanton told Catholic News Service July 11 in a phone interview. He also called the oath "an I- thou contract" on which the basic trust between patient and physician -- "an essential part of successful medicine" -- is founded. Stanton said 10,000 copies of the restated oath have been dis- tributed. It has been posted on the Internet The copyrighted oath is printed here with permission of the Value of Life Committee. Hippocratic oath -- for today "I swear in the presence of the Almighty and before my fam- ily, my teachers and my peers that according to my ability and judgment I will keep this oath and stipulation: To reckon all who have taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents and in the same spirit and dedication to impart a knowledge of the art of medicine to others. I will con- tinue with diligence to keep abreast of advances in medicine. I will treat without exception all who seek my ministrations, so long as the treatment of others is not compromised thereby, and I will seek the counsel of particularly skilled physicians where indicated for the benefit of my patient. I will follow that method of treatment which according to my ability and judgment I consider for the benefit of my patient and abstain from whatever is harmful or mischievous. I will neither prescribe nor administer a lethal dose of medicine to any patient even if asked nor counsel any such thing nor per- form act or omission with direct intent deliberately to end a human life. I will maintain the utmost respect for every human life from fertilization to natural death and reject abor- tion that deliberately takes a unique human life. With purity, holiness, and beneficence I will pass my life and practice my art. Except for the prudent correction of an im- minent danger, I will neither treat any patient nor carry out any research on any human being without the valid informed consent of the subject or the appropriate legal protector thereof, understanding that research must have as its pur- pose the furtherance of the health of that individual. Into whatever patient setting I enter, I will go for the benefit of the sick and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief or corruption and further from the seduction of any patient. Whatever in connection with my professional practice or not in connection with it I may see or hear in the lives of my patients which ought not be spoken abroad I will not divulge, reckoning that all such should be kept secret. While I continue to keep this oath unviolated may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art and sci- ence of medicine with the blessing of the Almighty and re- spected by my peers and society, but should I trespass and vi- olate this oath, may the reverse be my lot." ,ii iii ili ili: ii pastor, i Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 M&S Fire & safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and service in the Tri 670 E. Franklin Announces Expansion of its Mausoleum Crypt selections are now avail00Llfle at signiflC reduced pre00onstruction prices. Every. tamily must confront the need for cemetery_ arrangements someday. Why. nol make arrangements now and your loved ones from the burden.of making arrangements during a period of great emotional stress and bereavement" Families may nov,' select from htmdreds of entombment cypts and cremation niches in a variety of locations. Pre-construcfion purchases offer the greatest savings, the largest selection and a variety-of payment planS, For information, mail this coupon to: Fairview Mausoleum Counseling Office, 205 Mal BY PURCHASING NOW, PRIOR TO CONSTRUCTION, YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR FAMILY & SAVE St., Suite 100, Jasper, IN 47546 J1/ Name Address City " Zip Phone _...____-" Fain, few . !: i i ....   iiiiiiii::  ; !904 . .