Communication between doctor and patient in contemporary times
Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2017;151:629-32
Since ancient times and even in primitive societies, the persons involved with the care of sick people— whether mythological divinities, “magicians,” or true doctors—have always had some special privileges and were deeply respected by the others. Hence, the explanation of the well-known verse from Homer’s Iliad, when Achilles asks the old doctor Idomeneus to give priority and special care to a specific wounded warrior, Mahaon, by saying “for he is a doctor, a man worthy of many others.” In ancient Greece, 2500 years ago, Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine,” in addition to his splendid medical observations and proposals and to his belief that “the profession of all those who are practicing medicine is philanthropy,” incorporated his high ethical code for the behavior of those who practice medicine in his famous oath that is universally renowned and time resistant. It is an oath that, in essence, constitutes an eternal legacy, worthy of the nobility of the Greek spirit.