A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne
K. Young, Associate Editor.
Scene 1. A hospital ward. A group of medical
students and an older house officer are poised at the foot of a patient's
bed discussing possible courses of action for the patient. Tentatively, one
of the students suggests a therapy, at which point the house officer raises
his forefinger upward and in a profound voice says, "Ah, but Primum non nocere: First, do no harm." A calm, wise, satisfied smile
appears on his face as all the students reflect on the weighty import of his
words. As the students then walk out on the way to class, each is inspired
and awed by the wisdom and nobleness of his or her chosen profession.
Shelton JD. The Harm of "First, Do No Harm". JAMA. 2000;284(21):2687-2688. doi:10.1001/jama.284.21.2687