Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Primum non nocere

MonkeyHusband and I were just discussing doctors and bottom-feeding scum lawyers.

MH: "I wonder what we're going to do when we have to go to the lawyers for medical care because they've forced all the doctors out of medicine."

MG: "That wouldn't work. They could never take the Hippocratic Oath."

MH: "Sure they could. They'd just have to change it a little. Add a couple of words here and there. You know, like 'First, do no harm
to me.' Stuff like that."

Yes, anal-retentive fact-freaks, I know that "First do no harm" isn't actually in the Hippocratic Oath. I can read. Not the point of the discussion.


NJ EMS said...

If the laws could speak for themselves, they would complain of the lawyers.

jlo in MD said...

I've never understood how lawyers could defend people that they knew committed awful crimes... I know that everyone is supposed to get a fair trial, but if you did it, you did it... How can someone say, "Yeah, I know they did it, but I'm gonna try and get them off anyway." Where's the "fair" in THAT trial?

Sorry I went off on a tangent MG. I'll go back to my own blog now. :)

Rogue Medic said...

The role of the lawyer is supposed to be to ensure that the rights of the defendant are protected, since we are legally considered innocent until proven guilty.

The way many defense attorneys seem to approach it is to create doubt about the accused and hope the jury will think this doubt is reasonable.

The doubt may not be reasonable, but that anticipates a reasonable jury.

John McElveen said...

Love it!


The little tech that does... said...

Reminds me of the old joke:

Q: What is black and brown and looks good on a lawyer?

A: A rottweiler(or highly trained black and brown dog of your choice)

Anonymous said...

*snicker* Love it.

DrShroom said...

If I can be super anally retentive, not many people take the oath in anger anyway; it contains lines agreeing not to perform surgery (I shall not cut, not even for the stone) and some proscriptives about teaching.

I know... **yawn**