Friday, April 02, 2010

The Hypocritical Oath

"I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm." ~Hippocratic Oath
A Republican urologist in Mt. Dora, FL has apparently reinterpreted the oath doctors take when they get a license to practice medicine. He is so incensed over the passage of health care reform, according to a sign he posted on his office door, he no longer wants to treat Democrats.
"I'm not turning anybody away — that would be unethical," Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, a Mount Dora urologist and a registered Republican opposed to the health plan, told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. "But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it."
Dancing on the thin edge of ethics there but he's an old guy, so maybe he forgot what the Hippocratic Oath he took actually says:
"I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug." ~Hippocratic Oath
Dr. Cassell's sign reads: "If you voted for Obama … seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years."

What kind of doctor allows his anger to affect his professional work? Personally, even if I was a Republican and hated the reform bill, I would not want to be treated by a doctor so unempathetic that he would post such an ugly sentiment on his door. Who knows what else might piss him off enough to not care to treat you. Your choice in music or food or your religious beliefs?

Good luck to his patients that stick with him.

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