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Homeopathic Education and Medical Ethics

Homeopathic education and Medical ethics

Today I had the opportunity of watching a Pakistani TV show, “Aghaz e Safar” a similar show in India is compared by Bollywood film super star Amir Khan titled, “Satyamev Jayate.” Both of these shows highlight the society's failure in many aspects of life around us and tries to guide us by creating awareness and how we can make corrections. One subject that needs our attention is "Medical Ethics."

Medical Ethics

What we all know and understand comes from the Hippocratic Oath that all doctors, conventional and Homeopathic take on completion of their medical education. But, in our modern day world there is lot to learn under medical ethics as a subject. Without this, in my opinion, we are not ready to face the day-to-day challenge that one may face on a regular basis in a hospital environment, and even in one's private practice, especially if we are members of the Homeopathic community.

Hospital Negligence

The show I saw was the third episode and dealt with the malpractices and negligence in hospitals. The pertinent point that was raised was the lack of sensitivity towards the treatment and management of patients who come for emergency treatment and become the subject of negligence in the form of wrong medication, wrong surgical procedure, or just plain lack of hygiene resulting in various illnesses, even death.

Personal Stories Makes The Point

Its not my intention to rehash all the many medical stories presented. I will just say, each person's story had serious consequences due to lack of ethics and malpractice against the patient. In the end, their loved ones had to undergo lifelong suffering.

Ethics In Medical Schools

I want to highlight that the subject of medical ethics is not a part of the syllabus in Pakistan medical colleges. I am not aware of whether colleges in India have ethics as a standard subject, either in the conventional medical college or any Homeopathic medical colleges. SIUT is the only institute that conducts classes for Medical Doctors in Karachi. This is to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Personal Experience and Many Questions

In my time we were given some knowledge of “medical jurisprudence,” half halfheartedly with not much emphasis on the subject. Many question arise out of this subject. 

  • What does a doctor do if a patient comes with a bullet wound? How should he react and whom should he inform: the police, the higher authorities?
  • If he is asked to issue a “death certificate” what should be his approach? What questions must he ask?
  • If a women is brought after a rape,how should he react to it. What are his legal obligation,
  • If a women comes and asks for medicine for abortion, then what should be the ethics to deal the case?
  • If there is a case of poisoning and the patient is nearly dying, what is the ethical responsibility and whether it was accidental or perpetrated?

There could be hundred of scenarios, which raises the question, are we as a homeopath qualified and equipped with knowledge to deal with such conditions?

I ask the community of Homeopaths to look into this aspect of Homeopathic education and share their views. As time passes, we as homeopaths especially the future generation will be facing such situation and we need to be prepared with knowledge and tools to deal with these situations.

Your feedback will add to our knowledge.

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Comment by Suhas Kotbagi on May 16, 2014 at 10:47am

Medical Ethics is a subject taught in US medical schools, the topics include Confidentiality, Informed consent etc. Medical Jurisprudence on other hand is a subject of legal aspect in medicine.

The topic can be discussed in two distinct ways: Western school of thought and Eastern school of thought.

In west patient is admitted in the hospital directly when 911 ambulance goes to pick up the patient. In east we have a very limited access to ambulance and hospital, patient tends to go to their family doctor for everything (good or bad- we are not discussing it here).

Doctor in East has to be ready for any eventuality where as in West, it is the hospitals who tends for all emergency cases.

Economy of the patient and economic situation of the country along with insurance etc palys a role as to how we take care of patient.

In east there is a direct relationship between a doctor and patient. In west everything is through third party.


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