On Thursday, the Senate holds hearings to confirm Ben Carson as the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new secretary.
As a physician, Carson had to abide by the Hippocratic Oath of ethics. The oath calls on doctors to remember the basic humanity of their patients and the ravages of disease on their economic stability. It reminds doctors to respect the knowledge of experts who have gone before and to emphasize the role of caregiver.
Carson should renew that oath if his nomination is confirmed and he assumes office at HUD.
The outgoing HUD secretary, Julián Castro, aptly characterized HUD as “the Department of...