Asklepios: Ancient Hero of Medical Caring

  title={Asklepios: Ancient Hero of Medical Caring},
  author={John Bailey},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
  • J. Bailey
  • Published 15 January 1996
  • History
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
I swear by Apollo Physician, Asklepios, Hygiea, Panacea and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses. Into whatever houses I may enter, I will come for the benefit of the sick. Hippocratic Oath, circa 400 BC Western society has long expected physicians to be caring and dedicated to patient welfare and has even viewed compassion as integral to physician competency. Expectation of physician caring predates Christianity. The ancient Greek origins of Western traditions for medical… 
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