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Hatami H, Hatami M, Abbaszade M R, Hatami N. The Principles of Patients’ Rights in Traditional Medicine Resources. MLJ. 2011; 5 (16) :11-38
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Introduction: Maintaining the health in healthy persons and restoring it to patients’ bodies, has been a task of health and medical community. So when speaking about the spiritual foundations of patient’s right the medical community is addressed to consider the relevant standards by the medical community.

Objectives and Methods: The main goal of this study is to investigate the views of traditional medicine about the patients’ rights, so as some dataset were available in main traditional medicine resources and some could be found in religious books, we designed a study by using the electronic versions of Alhavy (Razes), Kamel al Sanaah (Ahvazi), Canon of Medicine (Avicenna), Zakhireh Khawrazmshahy (Jorjani), Avesta, Bible, Quran and so on.

Results: In the past, medical students used to pass some courses before starting the main course, such as jurisprudence, ethics, logic, natural science, geometry, astronomy, etc. Avesta book has emphasized on the necessity of physicians to be experienced and to ask for fees according to income level of people. The Bible has ordered the government to respect the patients’ rights. It has frequently emphasized in all four Bibles to treat and care the patients. In the holy Quran saving one man from any social class, race and religin is equal to saving all the world people’s life. It has also emphasized to exempt the patients from daily activities and obligatory prayers. The main sources of traditional medicine have considered warnings about fake drugs, inexperienced doctors and the need to complete preparation of medical community. Moreover they have prepared guidelines about the correct ways of producing drugs and offering medical services.

Conclusion: Based on existing evidence, the patients’ rights before and after Islam has always been as important health training programs in Iran and the other Islamic countries.

Received: 2011/02/21 | Accepted: 2010/12/7

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