Five qualities that make one fit to care for the sick:

1. He can prepare medicine

2. He knows what is healing and administers it but never administers what is harmful

3. He cares for the patient out of love and not out of desire for gain

4. He is unmoved by the discharge of blood and other fluids

5. And from time to time can uplift, gladden, and encourage the patient

(Note that the Buddha’s advice for a proper physician is in line with the Hippocratic oath and includes the social dimension, just now getting more attention in medical schools.)


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