Introducing other writers to our health blog
By Dr Brighton Chireka
“I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.”- Hippocrates oath modern version.
The above part of the modern version was not found in the original Hippocrates oath.
This was inserted probably because of the advancements in medical knowledge. “I know not” is an acknowledgement of the limits of my knowledge. It is the wise and honest doctor who peppers his speech with this phrase.
Sometimes when I say “I know not” I will then spend the evening reading up and speaking to my colleagues about this vexatious problem of a patient and get back to him or her the following day with an answer.
I would welcome this as it is refreshing compared to the doctor who blunders through the consultation giving vague answers, all the while refusing to say “I know not” — three words that make him feel mortal and fallible.
“I know not”, I use it as I look into the BNF ( British National Formulary) for the dose, and side effects of drugs. It would not be useful for a doctor to cram 5000 useless facts into his brain. Things that can easily be checked should be checked. Memory can fail and the result can be disastrous for a patient if the doctor does not know that he does not know .
Some patients find it not reassuring if a doctor checks things but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
We know that so much knowledge has been unearthed about diseases and their treatment. No doctor can hope to know more than a tiny fraction of all there is to know. “I know not” is most important in this context. When a doctor knows not, shouldn’t he ask for help? This is perhaps the most important part of the modern Hippocratic Oath.
“I know not.” It resonates well with the medical adage, “First, do no harm.”
In view of the above I have the pleasure of introducing two of my colleagues who will from time to time be guest writers on our blog.
Dr Suleiman Makore
I have the pleasure of introducing Dr Suleiman Makore popularly known as Doc Suli.
Doc Suli is the first born in a family of 3, grew up in Gweru, Zimbabwe and attended Midlands Christian College for high school, then went on to the University of Zimbabwe in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor of science honours degree in biochemistry in 2004 and worked as a chemist in an industrial lab for about 2 years.
He later enrolled again at the University of Zimbabwe Medical School in 2007 to study medicine which had always been his dream and graduated in 2013. He then went on to do his internship at Harare Central Hospital for 2 years and now he is working as a senior house officer in anaesthetic department at Mpilo Central Hospital.
He has an intention of pursuing a specialty in anaesthesia. He is an avid fan of jazz and contemporary rock music and also loves aviation.
Dr Grant Murewanhema
I have the pleasure of introducing Dr Grant Murewanhema popularly know as Doc Grant. He is a General Practitioner who is currently a Public Health trainee at University of Glasgow in Scotland , UK . He did his Residence at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals from 2007 to 2010. He was the HIV/OI treatment doctor and lead mentor, Medecins sans Frontieres from 2010-2012. He then was a Clinical Investigator, UZ-UCSF Collaborative Research Programme, focusing on Microbicide Research and Sexual and Reproductive Health from 2012-2015.
The first article by my colleagues will be out this week and I hope you will learn more as we are now combining our efforts to raise health awareness in our community .