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Ernesto Kahan. The Hippocratic Oath and the threat of nuclear war


 ERNESTO KAHAN

 

THE HIPPOCRATIC OATH

AND THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR WAR

 

          "I pledge, in order to protect the welfare of the human being, never to use nuclear energy for destructive purposes and I shall devote my life as a physician to fight against disease, poverty, ignorance, and nuclear war". This statement was proposed by Prof Marcel Assael at a meeting of the Israel Association of Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War as a universal amendment to the Hippocratic Oath. The meeting was held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem o­n Jan 29, in the presence of Prof Bernard Lown, co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, and a group of organisers of the newly created Israel Committee for the Prevention of Nuclear War. The focus of the meeting was the responsibility of physicians in the maintenance of human rights.

For physicians to accept the nuclear arms race is immoral and unethical because it means contributing directly to the danger of total extinction of life o­n our planet in the event of nuclear war, and burdening our conscience and acquiescing in the death of about 15 million children every year because food, vaccines, and safe drinking water are lacking since the money needed to supply them is being used to expand the nuclear arsenal. Such acquiescence, whether passive or active, is simply a betrayal of our profession. Medical responsibility of physicians implies the protection of life and health above all other things. The Hippocratic Oath states: "I will apply dietetic measures in the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgement, I will keep them from harm and injustice"; and "whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief..." The age of high technology, however, makes it a necessity to provide physicians with a more explicit guide for their professional path, especially when civilisation is in peril. For this reason,

Professor Assael’s proposal is relevant to our times. The danger of nuclear war impelled a group of physicians to found IPPNW in order to educate their colleagues and the 1202 public about this urgent matter. Neither the physicians who are involved in efforts to prevent nuclear war nor the Nobel committee, which bestowed the 1985 Nobel peace prize o­n IPPNW, believe that nuclear confrontation will be prevented o­nly because an effective medical organisation exists. Endeavours towards this aim, like many others in preventive medicine, are not under the exclusive jurisdiction of physicians. Crusades against poverty, malnutrition, pollution of soil, air, and water, illiteracy, delinquency, and drug addiction, are examples of activities which the health agencies must coordinate with other socioeconomic sectors in order to protect the physical, biological, and social environment. Israeli journalists, authors, social workers, parents, kibbutz members, and many others, directly influenced by IPPNW’s Medical Prescription Campaign and IPPNW’s Message to My Patient, understood the need to join physicians in the crusade against nuclear destruction. Their answer was the foundation of the Israel Committee for the Prevention of Nuclear War in April, 1986.

 

ERNESTO KAHAN,

Chairman, Israel Association of Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Personal page: https://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=338

Source:

Kahan, E., “THE HIPPOCRATIC OATH AND THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR WAR”, 1986, Israel, The Lancet: V327 (8491), 1201-1202: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/

 
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Dear Leo and all,

         Your work “Anti-Nuclear Solidarity in the Manifesto” is superb! Of course I approve.

For your knowledge, if we mention in it, the Hippocratic Oath, I wrote in the most medical Journal The Lancet the following paper (also attached):

If you like, you can also add some comment or citation of this paper.

HarmonyandPeace!

Ernesto
27-07-20

 

Приглашение сравнить две глобальные эпидемии для нашего Манифеста

 

Мой дорогой друг Эрнесто,

Я восхищаюсь вашим историческим документом: антиядерной Клятвой Гиппократа, которую IPPNWи вы написали и утвердили 35 лет назад – в 1985 году! Я опубликовал его на отдельной странице Эрнесто здесь: https://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=952. Интересно, ВОЗ поддержал вашего IPPNW инициативу или нет под милитаристским давлением?

Это самая сильная поддержка нашего Манифеста! Ваш фундаментальный гуманистический документ вдохновляет и инициирует обновить название нашего Манифеста: «АНТИЯДЕРНЫЙ МАНИФЕСТ Мира/Киберсфероники». Вы согласны с этим обновлением? Я предлагаю обсудить это предложение интенсивно сегодня/завтра в узком кругу его наиболее активных и заинтересованных соавторов с участием трех Нобелевских Лауреатов: Беавтрис, Майрид и Джона. Это название подчеркнет и высветит его ключевой фокус, его современное острие/жало и самую актуальную, неотложную нацеленность мирового гражданского общества против милитаристского мирового ядерного порядка, враждебного человечеству и смертельного для него. Как писал доктор Лаун: «Ядерное оружие – общий враг человечества» а его подготовка ООН и правительствами 75 лет «уже опускает нашу жизнь в руины третьей мировой войны». 
          Человечество 75 лет живет и терпит эти руины как униженный заложник геноцидного террора!
Сколько еще можно жить в них и терпеть их, когда ежедневно умирают миллионы людей и детей от голода, болезней, эпидемий. Атомная эпидемия длиной в 75 лет в отсутствии всякой вакцины против нее (кроме ИКАН) является несравненно более чудовищной, опасной, смертельной, геноцидной, чем эпидемия Ковид-19. Кто сравнит эти две эпидемии? Кто мог бы написать 3-5 строчек об этом как наиболее сильный и первый эпиграф нашего Антиядерного Манифеста? Самым сильным был бы совместный эпиграф наших четырех выдающихся Нобелевских Лауреата: Бетрис, Майрид, Джона и Эрнесто. Мы, ГСГ и ИКАН приглашаем вас как мировых антиядерных Нобелевских лидеров выполнить эту почетную и историческую миссию, написать эпиграф, сравнивающий две глобальные эпидемии. Все познается в сравнении! 
          Люди, нации, ООН и правительства скорее поймут опасность 85-летней бесконечной и без иммунной бешеной безумной и самой финансово жирной ядерной геноцидной эпидемии с сравнении с «детской» частичной и временной «простудной» эпидемией Ковид-19! Это сравнение – лучший фактический и интеллектуальный гуманистический аргумент в пользу антиядерного движения ИКАН и его «Антиядерного Манифеста Мира/Киберсфероники». Что вы думаете об этом сравнении и эпиграфе к нашему Манифесту? Могли бы мы обсудить его совместный вариант наших четырех Нобелевских духовных лидеров? Это был бы их исторический эпиграф и великая антиядерная миссия нашего века.
С
надеждойилюбовью,
Лео,
28-07-20

 

Invitation to compare two global epidemics for our Manifesto

 

My dear friend Ernesto,

I admire your historic document: the anti-nuclear Hippocratic Oath that IPPNW and you wrote and approved 35 years ago - in 1985! I posted it o­n a separate Ernesto page here: https://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=952. I wonder if WHO supported your IPPNW initiative or not under militaristic pressure?

This is the strongest support for our Manifesto! Your fundamental humanistic document inspires and initiates the renewal of our Manifesto title: "ANTI-NUCLEAR Manifesto of Peace/Cyberspheronics". Do you agree with this update? I propose to discuss this proposal intensively today/tomorrow in a narrow circle of its most active and interested co-authors with the participation of four Nobel Laureates: Beatrice, Mairead, John and Ernesto.

This title will emphasize and highlight its key focus, its modern edge/spearhead/sting and the most urgent/important targeting of world civil society against the militaristic world nuclear order, hostile and deadly to humanity. As Dr. Lown, IPPNW Co-President wrote: "Nuclear weapons are the common enemy of humankind" and their preparation by the UN and governments during 75 years "has already plunged our lives into the ruins of the third world war." Humanity has lived for 75 years and tolerates these ruins as a humiliated hostage of genocidal terror!How long can we live in them and tolerate them when millions of people and children die every day from hunger, disease, and epidemics.

An atomic epidemic 75 years long in the absence of any vaccine against it (except ICAN) is incomparably more monstrous, dangerous, deadly, genocidal than the Covid-19 epidemic. Who will compare these two epidemics? Who could write 3-5-7 lines about this as the strongest and first epigraph of our Anti-Nuclear Manifesto? The strongest and the most inspired and enthusiastic would be the joint epigraph of our four outstanding Nobel Laureates: Beatrice, Mairead, John and Ernesto. We, the GHA and ICAN invite you as world anti-nuclear Nobel leaders to fulfill this honorable and historical mission, to write an epigraph comparing two global epidemics. Everything is learned in comparison! People, nations, the UN and governments are more likely to understand the danger of 85-year-old endless, no immune, frenzied, insane and financially fattest nuclear genocidal epidemic compared to the "childhood" partial and temporary "catarrhal" epidemic of Covid-19!

This comparison will be the best factual and intellectual humanistic argument in favor of the ICAN anti-nuclear movement and its "Anti-Nuclear Peace/Cybersferonics Manifesto".

What do you think of this comparison and epigraph to our Manifesto with its new title? Could we discuss its joint version of our four Nobel spiritual leaders? This would be their historical epigraph and the great anti-nuclear mission of our century.

With hope and love,

Leo,

28-07-20

 

Dear Leo and all,

Thank you, for your post: https://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=952 in our GHA.

Concerning your question, “I wonder if WHO supported your IPPNW initiative” my answer is NOT YET.

You are absolutely wright saying “Humanity has lived for 75 years and tolerates these ruins as a humiliated hostage of genocidal terror!”, I add, Now is time to change that!

Harmony and peace

Ernesto

28-07-20





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