Doctors promise to protect all life, to recognise their own limitations, and to renounce self interest in the treatment of patients. These standards form part of the Hippocratic Oath, written in the 5th century BC, which, in an updated version, is still recited by new doctors around the world as a symbol of their professionalism and standards in medicine.
The question of morality and ethics in medicine has been around since antiquity, and numerous codes and oaths have been created to shape physician behaviour. New codes of medical practice continue to be created to reflect the changing goals of medicine in the profession, society, and science. Why are these medical codes important?
Dr T J ‘Jock’ Murray, professor emeritus of medicine and neurology, Dalhousie University, will explore different medical codes and their importance in the 2014 Dr Saul Green Memorial Lecture. The lecture takes place on Thursday, 13 February 2014, 7.00 PM, in Alumni Hall.
In "Hippocrates, Maimonides and the changing nature of medical codes", Dr Murray examines the lasting legacy of the Hippocratic Oath, the moral values of medicine in the medical oath of Maimonides, the great Jewish philosopher, Torah scholar, and physician, and new codes that address specific aspects of medicine, such as the Nuremburg Code on consent for medical research, following the Nazi experiments.
About Dr Jock Murray
Among his many roles, Dr Murray was the founding director of the Dalhousie MS Research Unit, chief of medicine at Camp Hill Hospital, founder and first president of the Dalhousie Society for the History of Medicine, and founder of the Medical Humanities program at Dalhousie. He was chairman of the American College of Physicians, president of the American Osler Society, and founder and president of the Consortium of MS Centers in the USA. Dr Murray has received many honours, including Professor of the Year, five honorary degrees, the Canada-125 Anniversary Medal, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada and received the Order of Nova Scotia. In 2014 Dr Murray will be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
About Dr Saul Green
Dr Saul Green, was a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Medical School. He was a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada as well as the American College of Surgeons. A founding member of the Shaar Shalom Synagogue, Dr Green cared deeply about the relationship between Judaism, medicine, and humanitarianism. The congregation of Shaar Shalom Synagogue is committed to learning, fellowship, and community.
This lecture is presented in co-operation with the Shaar Shalom Synagogue.