Jadi Dokter Jangan Ember

I solemnly pledge:

To consecrate my life to the service of humanity;

I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude that is their due;

I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity;

The health of my patients will be my number one consideration;

I will respect the secrets that are confided in me, even after my patient has die;

I will maintain, by all the means in my power the honor and the noble traditions of the medical profession;

My colleagues will be my sisters and brothers.

I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, race, political affiliation, nationality, sexual orientation, social standing, or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient;

I will maintain the utmost respect for human life;

I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat;

I make these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honor.

The Indonesian translation:

Demi Allah, saya bersumpah bahwa :

Saya akan membaktikan hidup saya guna kepentingan perikemanusiaan;

Saya akan memberikan kepada guru-guru saya penghormatan dan pernyataan terima kasih yang selayaknya;

Saya akan menjalankan tugas saya dengan cara yang berhormat dan bermoral tinggi, sesuai dengan martabat pekerjaan saya;

Kesehatan penderita senantiasa akan saya utamakan;

Saya akan merahasiakan segala sesuatu yang saya ketahui karena pekerjaan saya dan karena keilmuan saya sebagai dokter;

Saya akan memelihara dengan sekuat tenaga martabat dan tradisi luhur jabatan kedokteran;

Saya akan memperlakukan teman sejawat saya sebagai mana saya sendiri ingin diperlakukan;

Dalam menunaikan kewajiban terhadap penderita, saya akan berikhtiar dengan sungguh-sungguh supaya saya tidak terpengaruh oleh pertimbang an keagamaan, kebangsaan, kesukuan, politik kepartaian atau kedudukan sosial;

Saya akan menghormati setiap hidup insani mulai dari saat pembuahan;

Sekalipun diancam, saya tidak akan mempergunakan pengetahuan kedokteran saya untuk sesuatu yang bertentangan dengan hukum perikemanusiaan;

Saya ikrarkan sumpah ini dengan sungguh-sungguh dan dengan mempertaruhkan kehormatan diri saya.

That is the physician’s oath. Every med student takes this oath on the day she/he graduates from med school. I found out the complete sentences of this oath when I was reading one of the episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. I’d never known the full contents of this oath before, though I’d familiarized myself with the idea of Hippokrates’ Oath. Anyway, why suddenly on earth I talk about the physician’ oath?

Simply because I was intruded with the fact that many doctors simply forget the value of this oath. I always see this oath as something sacred, the most prominent guidance for doctors to do their jobs and to be what they’re supposed to be: healers. However, according to Richard Webber M.D. from Grey’s Anatomy, this oath is easily forgotten by the doctors. Maybe this is what happens to the doctor whom I saw in one infotainment 2 days ago. She might forget the oath she took, or she might forget she took the oath.

This female doctor happens to be a hypnotherapy practitioner in Jakarta. The reason why she appeared in the infotainment was because one of her patients was none but NA, the famous band vocalist who’s now being famous for his ‘scandalicious porn video”. The infotainment came to her practice, and interviewed her about his former patient, NA. And yes, the shameless doctor talked a lot. She told the infotainment when NA came to her practice, when NA’s girlfriend came too, the reason why NA felt he needed hypnotherapy, and what he talked about when he came for therapy. She basically told everything. I was shocked! Isn’t that supposed to be his privacy? Why on earth she felt she had the right to talk about his patient to media?

During the interview, she put smiles on her face. She talked as if she talked about something casual. Isn’t that just annoying? Point no. 5 of the physician’s oath clearly stated “I will respect the secrets that are confided in me, even after my patient has die.” meaning that every doctor must keep the secret of the patients, including their medical reports to the doctor itself? If it’s so, shouldn’t NA’s therapy session be a secret, must be kept only for him and for the doctor herself? I can’t help but wondering, did she just feel happy and proud to be interviewed by media? Did she see this interview as a good chance to promote her practice? Or what? Or her oath simply didn’t matter anymore? ‘cos seems to me there’s no good reason to justify what she did.


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