domingo, 15 de janeiro de 2017



I have the pleasure to inform that my book entitled “The Legacy of Medicine” (A Tradição da Medicina), which analyzes the Hippocratic Oath, was recently published in Brazil. The book centers around an interpretation of the Oath and its relevance, controversies and necessity for contemporary Medical Education (Book I); several essays on Virtue Based Ethics (Book II); and an example of Medical Humanities education, which was created back in 2012 as the Seminar of Philosophy Applied on Medicine (Book III).

The contents of The Legacy of Medicine are the following:

Book I
1. The Hippocratic Oath
2. The Hippocratic Tradition
3. The interpretative key for the Oath
4. Mythology as an invocation of human attitudes and possibilities
5. Masters and Apprentices
6. Good corporatism and Greek sexism
7. Brotherhood of the responsible doctors
8. Cardinal principles
9. Euthanasia, assisted suicide, and the value of life
10. Abortion and human life
11. Virtue Ethics
12. Self-awareness
13. Medical benevolence
14. Medicine, mores and society
15. Human dignity
16. Reliability and secrecy
17. Commitment, blessings and curses
18. The problem of autonomy
19. The furious machine gun of Robert Veatch
20. Conclusions

Book II
1. The forming of a virtuous physician
2. The moral community of medicine
3. Confidence in trust
4. Compassion
5. Phronesis
6. Justice
7. Fortitude
8. Temperance
9. Integrity and dignity

Book III
1. Seminar of Philosophy Applied on Medicine (SEPHAM)
2. The lack of education in liberal arts
3. The Aristotelian four discourses in Medicine
4. Liberal arts learning
5. The structure of the SEPHAM

“This book shows the indelible connection between Medicine and morality. One should recognize that the medical art will never be reduced to mere technic, and that the good physician is not only the person who masters scientific knowledge and high skills, but the one who also knows and practices the good and the righteous deeds. In one of the book’s last passages, Angotti condense his message: What the physician should do in face of all these challenges here exposed? The first step is to practice the good medicine. Love the patient, be charitable, have compassion. The second step is the dedicated study to treat the patient with the best of medical skills but also to be a great humanist in the classical sense. It is necessary to reach for knowledge in the fields of Medicine, Philosophy, History, Social Sciences etc. As the great humanist physician José de Letamendi y Manjarrés said: ‘The physician who only knows medicine, doesn’t know medicine at all.’ This saying of Letamendi needs to be truly apprehended by our medical professionals.”

The book is distributed by Monergismo Publishing House in Brazil at:

Hélio Angotti-Neto