Letter: Reservations about new doctors' oath

Sir: The proposed rewriting of the Hippocratic Oath brings to mind Labour's rewriting of Clause Four. Both prompt the question: how do we come to be living in such cocksure times that we think our own (often semi-literate) versions are superior to those of the founders?

The tail end of the 20th century is hardly ever going to be described by posterity as an age of enlightenment. Dumbing-down greed, yes. Wisdom and insight? You must be joking.


London SW6