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.”