PRISON DOCTORS ETHICAL PROBLEMS FOR PHYSICIANS IN RELATION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE
I swear by Apollo the Physician and Aesculapius . . . that according to my ability and judgment I will keep this oath and this stipulation.
I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to anyone . . .
Into whatever houses I enter, I will go . . . for the benefit of the sick and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption.
Some 2,400 years ago the Greek physician Hippocrates, called the father of medicine, developed a philosophy of doctor-patient relationships which was later enunciated as the Hippocratic Oath; the oath has been adopted as a creed by the medical profession. There are some indications, especially in the state of Arkansas, that prisoners have been excluded from its provisions.
LL-1 said that in June, 1963, he got into a fight with a longline rider and was hit on the foot with a hoe. He had been hospitalized for three days when Mr. Bruton [superintendent] came to see him and asked what happened. Mr. Bruton then had him put on a table in