Richard C. Eyer, DMin, Director Emeritus of the Concordia Bioethics Institute at Concordia University Wisonsin, in an Oct. 1999 Campus Presentation Series, "Ethics and Suffering: From Healing to Relief of Suffering," available at, stated:

“The aim of medicine is, according to the [Hippocratic] Oath, to heal and not to kill.

The Oath made clear what it means to ‘do no harm.’ The meaning of ‘injury or wrongdoing’ was named specifically as abortion, euthanasia, sexual abuse, and breach of confidentiality. In contrast, in postmodern medicine the interpretation of what constitutes ‘harm’ lies in the eye of the beholder. The Kevorkian spectacle has illustrated this… The jury accepted Kevorkian’s defense that he was only aiming at the relief of suffering and he was set free. No one pointed out the obvious that the means used to relieve suffering was to kill the patient. This case, along with others that followed, contributed to the deconstruction of Hippocratic medicine and the subsequent promotion of postmodern medicine; moving the profession of medicine away from the aim of healing and into the murky waters of relief of suffering through assisted suicide and euthanasia.”

Oct. 1999