Hippocratic Oath that says "Whatever I see or hear in the lives of my patients,
I will keep secret, as considering all such things to be private".
keep a secret? When somebody asks you this, you probably say yes, even if
you cannot. In the digital age not many can resist the temptation of giving
out private information of their close friends.
quickest way to circulate unwanted gossip is social media.
enter private circle of friends out of curiosity, to gain vital clue of
their personal lives. As soon as someone discover that someone else has the
latest scoop they try hard to extract that information out from them one way
Primitive Tribe and
of years ago primitive tribes and clans had secret societies which were
often very powerful and important. The members of the secret societies took
oath of secrecy and would often meet to perform magical rites. The powers
they were supposed to possess gave them great influence over rest of the
tribe. Many religious, social and political groups connected in the same
way. There were no facebook or twitter in those early days. The members of
these primitive societies pledged to help each other in times of difficulty.
usually decide to be a secret one rather than a public one for two reasons:
part of a secret group gives the members power over other people who are not
part of the same clan/society,
feel closely united by the secrets they share.This feeling of unity and
brotherhood gives them strength to carry on their activity with great
Unfortunately some of these united groups can do great harm instead of good
and can destroy lives and even kill people.
Language and Messages:
societies sometimes have a special language and secret words so that they
can talk of important matters without other people being able to understand.
Some tribes have a secret language so they can keep their affairs private
from the curiosity of the neighbour.
everyone has used secret language at one time or another. However, the worst
thing about a secret language is that it annoys people who do not understand
media you may have met some users who are constantly making personal
comments. They become aggressive when unfollowed and pick up subtle fights
with strangers. They talk too much and poke people to start irrelevant
them use suggestive photographs, blog posts, quotations and target specific
people. One should be careful of these sociopaths, as they can wreck havoc
in your professional and personal lives.
Modern Digital Age and
modern age every country has its secrets. For example, there are official
secrets often about such things as weapons and plans of defence in case of
war, and there are severe penalties for anyone who betrays them.
countries have their spies, or secret agents, on the lookout for any
information they can get about possible enemies, and at the same time other
agents are doing their best to outwit the enemy spies and prevent any
information leaking out.
Espionage, as spying of this kind is called, is a dangerous and unpleasant
job, even though it may be very exciting in books and movies (we all love
James Bond 007).
digital age we are happily passing on information about our personal and
professional lives on social media like twitter, facebook and instagram.
information is often distorted in a negative way and presented by paid brand
brand advocates form strong online tribes and viciously attack and ridicule
their rivals in public platform. Many of these paid advocates use hashtags
with vested interest to ruin reputation of a respectable person or
Cyberstalking has become a way of life for some people. They will stalk you
for the rest of your life till you fall sick.
secrecy is protection of intimate information
of patients that is given to the doctor. Patients often reveal their most
hidden secrets to their doctor with the hope to recover their health.
Doctors should receive those secrets with respect and care. They are servers
and not owners of the information.
has taken professional oath to honor the
trust of his patient and maintaining strict confidence of what is revealed.
This also includes material received from patients like gross surgical
specimens, slides (Hematoxylin and Eosin and special stains). Critical
diagnosis is made by the pathologist which is passed on to the clinician.
end of the day a doctor is not expected to show those private slides to the
world and a clinician is not expected to give minute details of how he is
treating his patient.
write a story about a patient even after changing the name, we are actually
giving away vital clues of that patient.
country has its own set of rules about using social media and personal blogs
for medical education. As long as we follow the rule of the country and
respect the universal Hippocratic oath, blogging and use of social media
will be a wonderful experience for all medical professionals.
was surprised to find names of five internationally renowned pathologists in
LinkedIn with one line bio and no profile pictures. I changed my profile
picture after 6 years and felt like a
narcissist.This is the universal mindset of
every doctor and academic around the world.
What belongs to you today, belonged to someone else
yesterday, and will be someone else's tomorrow .Change is the law of the