Each of the following is mentioned in the passage as a criticism of the Hippocratic oath EXCEPT:

Samir on July 27 at 09:24PM

Question 12

Can someone explain this question to me?

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Irina on July 27 at 11:00PM

@samir,

The question requires us to find a criticism of the Hippocratic oath NOT mentioned in the passage.

Let's look at the answer choices:

(A) The oath encourages authoritarianism on the part of physicians.
This criticism is mentioned in lines 16-17 "encourages doctors to adopt an authoritarian stance.."

(B) The version of the oath used today is not identical to the one in ancient Greece.
This criticism is not mentioned in the passage and is, therefore, the correct answer choice.

(C) The oath fails to address modern medical dilemmas
This criticism is mentioned in lines 24-28 "...failure to mention such contemporary issues as human experimentation.."

(D) The oath's absolutism is incompatible with contemporary views of morality
This criticism is mentioned in lines 13-15 "its fixed moral rules..are incompatible with modern ideas about ethics."

(E) The oath's emphasis on the individual patient is often not compatible with a market-driven medical industry
This criticism is mentioned in lines 17-24 "its emphasis on the individual patient..impedes competitive market forces."

Does this make sense? Let me know if you have any other questions.