Sunday, June 29, 2008

From China's "King of Medicine"

A Great Physician should not pay attention to status, wealth or age; neither should he question whether the particular person is attractive or unattractive, whether he is an enemy or friend, whether he is a Chinese or a foreigner, or finally, whether he is uneducated or educated. He should meet everyone on equal grounds. He should always act as if he were thinking of his close relatives.
-Sun Si-Miao, 581-682 AD, from "On the Absolute Sincerity of Great Physicians."

2 comments:

SurfRunner said...

Is this like China's version of the Hippocratic Oath?

sidewalk monkey said...

it is EXACTLY that, according to Wikipedia (actually, Wikipedia says it's "often referred to as the 'Chinese Hippocratic Oath.'"

I think I like it better than the (Greek) Hippocratic Oath, which, although it's been altered a lot today, is sort of bound by its time period.