Perfect Intentions, Imperfect People
It is a trite fact of life that the old Latin maxim “Human erare est” (It is human to err) has lost none of its truth. For centuries, however, healers have sworn to err as little as possible in the performance of their art. As medical practice became more organized and education more uniform, most societies developed ethical and professional codes to provide their physicians rules to live and work by. It seems reasonable to assume that most young doctors would gladly swear to uphold a set of guidelines in lieu of having their fingers lopped off for a mistake.