Poet, philosopher, novelist and physician, Professor Raymond Tallis is one of the world's foremost scientific philosophers. In this book, for the first time, he brings together his diverse intellectual interests to address profoundly important questions about our well being. Hippocratic Oaths blends philosophy with public opinion, polemic and personal experience to bridge the disjunction between the health care we believe we are entitled to expect, and the difficult realities of what is possible. In a series of fiercely stimulating and impassioned arguments Tallis looks at the truth behind recent public health scares; why we continue to incorrectly treat our bodies as if they were machines, separate from ourselves; and why the exploding popularity of alternative therapies is bad for doctors and patients alike. Hippocratic Oaths is the summation of a life time's thought and medical practice, by one of the most singular stars in the British scientific firmament. It will, quite simply, change forever the way you think about yourself, and your health.
Raymond Tallis is Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester, and has published over 150 research papers, articles and textbooks. He is also the Chairman of the Royal College of Physicians Committee on Ethical Issues in Medicine. He is a poet and a novelist as well as a renowned philosopher. And his recent work, Enemies of Hope, brings together his many strands of thought. The Roymond Tallis reader has recently been published by Macmillan.