Patient Safety in The Era of Hammurabi: A Historical Analysis


  • Fatma SUSAM İzmir Valiliği AB ve Dış İlişkiler Bürosu

Anahtar Kelimeler:

Patient safety, Hammurabi, History, Patient Safety History


This historical analysis delves into the concept of patient safety during the reign of Hammurabi, the sixth king of Babylon, from approximately 1792 to 1750 BCE, comparing it to various historical periods. Patient safety, a central element of modern healthcare, is explored in the context of Hammurabi's legacy, primarily his Code, one of the earliest known legal codes in human history. The legal provisions addressing medical practices within the Code reveal the paramount importance placed on preserving life and well-being in ancient Babylon, laying the groundwork for contemporary patient safety principles.

The study compares patient safety practices in Hammurabi's time to different historical eras, including Old Egypt, the era of Hippocrates, the Ottoman Empire, 19th-century Europe, and the present day, offering valuable insights into the evolution of medical care and ethical standards. Notably, Hammurabi's era demonstrated a nuanced approach to medical ethics, incorporating principles of proportional punishment for medical malpractice. The comparative analysis highlights the remarkable progress in patient safety and healthcare practices over time, underlining the enduring commitment to safeguarding patient well-being and the establishment of accountability for medical practitioners.

This comprehensive examination of patient safety practices across diverse historical periods underscores the significant advancements made in healthcare and patient care, ultimately reinforcing the importance of preserving and improving the well-being of individuals in need.


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SUSAM, F. (2023). Patient Safety in The Era of Hammurabi: A Historical Analysis. DARUŞŞİFA İSLAM TIP TARİHİ ARAŞTIRMALARI DERGİSİ, 2(2), 88–97. Geliş tarihi gönderen