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Towards a Christian View of Medicine

This article will attempt to demonstrate the necessity of an explicitly Christian view of medicine by examining the field in light of its presuppositions and characteristics as a profession. The creedal, ministerial, and non-neutral aspects of medicine will be briefly examined followed by suggestions for bringing this field under the authority and dominion of Christ.

In the 5th Century BC, a physician by the name of Hippocrates formulated the basic tenets of ethical conduct for physicians. The Hippocratic Oath defined the duties and boundaries within the doctor-patient relationship and contained the three basic elements of a covenant: oath, obligation, and a penalty for violating the terms of the covenant.