The Hippocratic Oath


The modern Hippocratic Oath serves as a moral code governing the actions of today’s physicians.

As a patient whose consent has been violated by the surgeon I entrusted with my body and my life… I would love to know what transpires in the minds of surgeons who cross the line and decide that they can and will commit this violation.

Because if I knew, I might be able to stop it.

Thanks to Lonnie Workman for inspiring this post. I’ve always known that my surgeon violated his Oath, but I didn’t realize just how powerful the words of the Oath would be.

I call on the Cleveland Clinic, and on Steven Bernard personally, to acknowledge the wrong that was done to me under their charge. And to work with me to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Kim Bowles

Published by Not Putting on a Shirt

Founder of Not Putting on a Shirt, a mastectomy patients' rights organization that advocates for optimal surgical outcomes for patients going flat.

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