American medicine has become unmoored from its scientific and ethical anchors, as I have previously discussed. We abandoned real science for the pseudoscientific cult of evidence-based medicine. This grave error paved the way for the medical tyranny we are currently enduring, with no apparent end in sight. But the wholesale abandonment of medical ethics is a far more serious problem. After all, ethics predates our scientific understanding of medicine by millennia! Ethics are based on morality, not legality. Morality and legality are not interchangeable. We should not be able to redefine ethics to accommodate current law or fads. Otherwise, medicine quickly becomes a tool of the state.
The Oath of Hippocrates remains the purest expression of medical ethics, and I encourage all to review it. Note that the precise wording “primum non nocere” or “first do no harm,” a core ethical principle attributed by some to Hippocrates, is not in the Oath, but the concept is there, along with the duty to teach and to honor one’s teachers, to consult learned colleagues, to devote one’s attention and art to the patient, to keep confidentiality, to respect life, and specifically never to kill, either via euthanasia or abortion! There’s not a word in the Oath about following guidelines and protocols.
It’s no wonder the Oath has been revised, disrespected, or ignored by the unethical elites who dominate Medicine. The modern practice of medicine would leave Hippocrates appalled
I am a witness to the degradation of Medicine; it was largely self-inflicted. Perhaps the first step down the slippery slope was the surrender, without so much as a whimper, of medical confidentiality. Agreeing to provide confidential patient information to the various third-party payers was a gross violation of medical ethics. Accepting third-party payment is itself unethical, as it can create conflicts of interest that diminish allegiance to the patient. Direct payment is the only truly ethical system of physician compensation. We need to reestablish confidentiality at the same level as the lawyer-client, pastor-parishioner, and journalist-source, relationships.
Abortion is the killing of a human being in utero. It is clearly unethical and immoral. Legalization of abortion should not have impacted the ethical prohibition against this horrific procedure. The silent acquiescence to abortion by the American Medical Association, and others, created an indelible stain on the medical profession. Contrary to popular opinion, there are no legitimate “health of the mother” indications for abortion. Induction of labor or Cesarian section is almost always an option, even with severe eclampsia. Physicians who perform abortions are in gross violation of medical ethics.
The worldwide mass “vaccination” program is an egregious violation of medical ethics. People were coerced into taking an experimental gene-based product without any long-term safety data, and with alarming short-term safety signals. Informed consent to take part in this massive experiment was nonexistent. All physicians should have refused to go along, on ethical and scientific grounds.
The latest affront to medical ethics, and science, is the transgender movement. The notion of “gender” independent of biological sex is a scientific absurdity, as is the toxic idea that puberty-blocking drugs and mutilating surgery can change gender. Gender dysphoria is a most often a transient condition of adolescence or pre-adolescence. It should be addressed by psychotherapy, not highly toxic drugs or surgery. Removal of healthy organs by medical or surgical castration and mastectomy is a gross violation of primum non nocere and clearly unethical.
Filmmaker and journalist Matt Walsh reports on the gender transformation clinic at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Hospital:
- In 2018, Dr. Shayne Taylor explained how she convinced Nashville to get into the gender transition game by emphasizing that it’s a “big money maker,” especially because the surgeries require a lot of “follow ups.” Dr. Ellen Clayton warned that “conscientious objections” are “problematic.” Anyone who decides not to be involved in transition surgeries due to “religious beliefs” will face “consequences.”
- After they have drugged and sterilized the kids, Vanderbilt will happily perform double mastectomies on adolescent girls.
Apparently in response to Walsh’s report, Vanderbilt has deleted the entire transgender website.
Why are the sheep that now pose as physicians silent on this travesty? I am calling on all remaining ethical physicians to speak out loudly against the mutilation of our children.
Doctors must defend life, and reject procedures that are entirely without benefit, and that inflict considerable harm.
Medical ethics has become an oxymoron. If we are to save the medical profession, we must restore real Hippocratic ethics as a first priority.
Dr. Amerling is a native New Yorker. He graduated Stuyvesant High School, City College of New York, then earned his medical degree at the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium in 1981.
Dr. Amerling completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, at New York Hospital, Queens in 1986. In 1988 he completed a Nephrology Fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and holds board certification in Internal Medicine and Nephrology.
He is Past-President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Amerling’s work has been published as chapters in textbooks and in peer-reviewed medical journals. He has published numerous op-Eds and letters on health care economics and politics.
From 1990-2016 Dr. Amerling was on staff at the Beth Israel Medical Center (now Mount Sinai Beth Israel).
In October 2016, Dr. Amerling accepted a position as Professor at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. From April-August 2020, after SGU went to online teaching, he volunteered as a nephrologist at NYU/Bellevue to help with their acute dialysis program. In July 2021, Dr. Amerling was placed on administrative leave by SGU for non-compliance with their vaccine mandate, and ultimately terminated in January 2022.
He is a founding member and Principal Academic Officer of The Wellness Company.