During my recent vacation trip to Canada, I visited my alma mater, Laval University in Quebec, where I studied medicine. As I wrote in my book Creative Integrative Medicine, following the tragic death of my brother, I was looking for real answers about healing and cure when I started my medical studies. Inspired by an idealistic quest, the ”Oath of Hippocrates” was a source of inspiration. The version I posted recently on Facebook in French is one of the many that have been adapted through time from the original oath written by the father of Western Medicine, Hippocrates.
Essentially, the main themes of this “sacred oath“ are:
- “Primum non nocere,” meaning first do no harm, translated as “administering poison to anyone, neither will I counsel any man to do so.”
- Absolute respect of life: “Moreover, I will give no sort of medicine to any pregnant woman, with a view to destroy the child.”
- Importance of right food: “I will devise and order for them the best diet, according to my judgment and means,” popularized by the famous quote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Hippocrates defined medicine as a humanitarian art sensitive about caring and also addressed the globalism of the individual: “I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability,” and prevention: “I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.” (Wikipedia)
The context of this blog doesn’t allow me to discuss in depth the profound dissociation between medicine today and what it should be accordingly to Hippocrates. But everybody will recognize that we are very far from the intention of its founder.
Medical universities should either totally abandon the tradition of repeating the Hippocratic Oath at graduation, meaningless in the context of what conventional medicine represents today, defined in the previous century by choices aligned with a materialist model of science and an incomplete understanding of the human reality, or honor the spirit of this legendary tradition by totally redefining the foundation of medicine on a multidimensional model of healing including the premises of Quantum physics, as we have done at Quantum University.
Why can’t we see how far modern medicine is from life, resulting in a doomed healthcare system that has lost the sense of globalism and life while continuously generating higher costs and a dichotomistic and fatalistic vision of the human being based on symptomatic and disease-oriented approaches?
This is why I wrote, “The tree of medicine must be transplanted into new soil, where its roots can deepen and intertwine to reach a more complex source of healing knowledge and bring together all traditions of healing, ancient and modern.” Watch this video.
Creative Integrative Medicine, redesigning the medical curriculum based upon an updated model of science defined by the premises of quantum physics, allows modern medicine to blossom in a new multidimensional model of healing open to the full potentiality of the individual.