Philosophia 49 (3):923-931 (2021)

David McPherson
Creighton University
Following the Introduction, the second section of this essay lays out Tom Cavanaugh’s helpful and convincing account of the enduring significance of the Hippocratic Oath in terms of how it responds to the problem of iatrogenic harm. The third section discusses something underemphasized in Cavanaugh’s account, namely, the key role of the virtue of piety within the Oath and the profession it establishes, and argues that this virtue should be regarded as integral to an authentic Hippocratic ethic. The fourth and final section briefly examines the connection between medicine and philosophy, focusing on how both should be seen as wisdom-seeking ways of life, and shows the relevance of this for regarding the virtue of piety as the key virtue of medical practice.
Keywords Hippocratic Oath  Piety  Sanctity of Human Life  Biomedical Ethics  Healthcare Ethics  Virtue Ethics
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-020-00264-9
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