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primum non nocere 

MEDICAL ETHICS 

Latin, First, do no harm A guiding principle for physicians that, whatever the intervention or procedure, the patient’s well-being is the primary consideration

There’s been a fair amount of mental masturbation as to the exact origin of the phrase. The Hippocratic Oath includes the promise “to abstain from doing harm”, which would have been good enough für fast jeder Mensch, but the nitpicking contingent had to put in its two cents and cried, au contraire and thus the polemic rages on…yawn. The wiki entry tells you more than you really want to know…

Reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primum_non_nocere

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