All of us are familiar with the Hippocratic Oath's most famous line: Do No Harm. But fewer know perhaps the most important line: "Above all, I must not play at God." And in today's society, with our lifespans rapidly increasing past the point of comfort, treatments causing more suffering than the disease itself, and mental anguish always falling behind physical health, it seems that doctors have forgotten the promises they made at med school.
Does the Hippocratic Oath still stand? Should we recognise that doctors are sacrificing our wellbeing in the name of longevity, and pledge to return to the original values of Do No Harm? Or should we accept that all qualities of life are better than death, and as such trust that the Hippocratic Oath still stands?
Leading neurosurgeon and author of Do No Harm Henry Marsh and Executive Director of Humanity+ Natasha Vita-More debate the role of the modern doctor in Do No Harm.