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The Oath: A Surgeon Under Fire

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 05 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:354
  1. Iain McClure, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist (
  1. Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria

Have you ever wondered, after a hard week at work, why you decided to become a doctor? If so, you might want to read this book. It should make any woes you might have pale into insignificance. It might also lead you to reflect on the continuing significance of the Hippocratic oath. In this gripping true story Khassan Baiev, a surgeon from Chechnya, has provided his own interpretation of Hippocrates' ancient touchstone of medical ethics. Part autobiography, part history lesson, part drama, the book is a page turner not because of its literary style (Baiev …

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