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Hippocratic Oath


Father of Medicine, HippocratesClassic Version

I SWEAR BY APOLLO, the physician, and Æsculapius and Hygeia and All-heal and all the gods and goddesses that, according to my ability and judgement, I will keep this Oath and stipulation-

TO RECKON him who taught me this Art equally dear to me as my parents, to share my substance with him and relieve his necessities if required; to look upon his offspring on the same footing as my own brothers, and to teach his Art if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or stipulation.

BY RECEIPT, lecture and every mode of instruction I will impart a knowledge of the Art, to my own sons and those of my teachers and to disciples bound by a stipulation and oath according to the laws of medicine, but to none others.

I WILL FOLLOW that system of regimen which, according to my ability, I consider for the benefit of my patients and abstain from what is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion.

WITH PURITY AND HOLINESS I will pass my life and practice my Art I will not cut a person w ho is suffering with a stone but will leave this to be done by men who are practitioners of this work.

INTO WHATEVER HOUSE I enter I will go into them for the benefit of the sick and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption; and further from the seduction of females or males, freeman or slaves.

WHATEVER IN CONNECTION with my professional practice, or not in connection with it, I may see or hear in the lives of men which ought not be spoke of abroad, I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret.

WHILE I CONTINUE to keep this oath unviolated may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the Art, respected by men of all times, but, should I trespass and violate this oath may the reverse be my lot.

 

 
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