March 22, 2019 Practice Management

Practicing Family Law with Civility: A Hippocratic Oath for Family Lawyers

By Elise F. Buie

When we think of a physician, we tend to envision someone we can trust to help maintain or restore our physical or mental health as quickly and effectively as possible. We may not think of the ethics of doctors per se when we go to the doctor’s office, but the Hippocratic Oath remains paramount to the medical profession as a whole. Initially created by Hippocrates during the times of ancient Greece, it required physicians to swear to the gods that they would sustain certain ethics, which included using dietary regimens to treat patients to the best of their ability and judgment and not give them any lethal drugs if asked. Most physicians still hold the tenets of the Hippocratic Oath dearly and swear by a form of it to this day.

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