The Oath of Hippocrates
I SWEAR by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius,
and Health, and All-heal, and all the gods and goddesses, that, according
to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this 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 in the same footing as my own brothers, and
to teach them this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or
stipulation; and that by precept, lecture, and every other 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 law
of medicine, but to none others.
I will follow that system of regimen
which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit
of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous.
I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such
counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce
abortion. With purity and with holiness I will pass my life and practice
my Art. I will not cut persons laboring under the stone, but will leave
this to be done by men who are practitioners of this work. Into whatever
houses 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, of freemen and slaves. Whatever,
in connection with my professional practice or not, in connection with
it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought not to be spoken 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 all men,
in all times! But should I trespass and violate this Oath, may the reverse
be my lot!
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