How Medicine Lost Its Way: The Abandonment of Medical Ethics | Richard Amerling, MD

The Hippocratic Oath has been abandoned by most practicing physicians over the last several decades. How did Medicine lose its way?

Medicine is an ancient profession and owes its longevity to adherence to a code of ethics, best summarized by the Hippocratic Oath. The devotion to one’s patient, which implies “do not harm,” is at the core of those medical ethics. The Hippocratic Oath has been abandoned, in part and in total, by most practicing physicians over the past several decades and this has led to a catastrophic fall from grace of the profession. How did this happen, and how can we restore Medicine?

Richard Amerling, MD, was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the City College of New York, and then studied medicine at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, graduating with honours in 1981. He completed a medical residency at the New York Hospital Queens and a nephrology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After 26 years as an academic nephrologist at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, he accepted a position as Professor of Clinical Skills at St. George’s University in Grenada. Dr. Amerling was canceled there for refusing the experimental jab in 2021. From April till August 2020, he volunteered as a nephrologist at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and was Associate Medical Director for America’s Frontline Doctors from August 2021 to February 2022. In May 2022, Dr. Amerling and others founded The Wellness Company where he served as Chief Academic Officer through August 2023. Dr. Amerling is Past President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and currently sits on their Board of Directors.


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