Dr. Lawrence Long was a black hero in the history of Jonesville. A Jonesville native, he created a hospital for blacks in Union County after having been denied access to medical attention as a child. He also opened the first recreation center for black people in the state of South Carolina –it included a swimming pool, skating rink, cafeteria and picnic area.
The Hippocratic Oath is promise historically taken by doctors swearing to practice medicine ethically. (Bottom line being “Do no harm.”) It is widely believed to have been written by Hippocrates, often regarded as the father of western medicine, in Ionic Greek (late 5th century BCE), or by one of his students, and is usually included in the Hippocratic Corpus.
In the 1870s, many American medical schools chose to abandon the Hippocratic Oath as part of graduation ceremonies, usually substituting a version modified to something considered more politically and medically correct, or an alternate pledge like the Oath of Maimonides.
The Hippocratic Oath has been updated by the Declaration of Geneva. In the United Kingdom, the General Medical Council provides clear modern guidance in the form of its Duties of a Doctor and Good Medical Practice statements.
If you know more about the life of Dr. Lawrence Long, or would like to share information and ideas from Union County’s black community (or Black History Month or anytime), please email TimBryant@PineappleHillSC.com.