Hippocratic Oath / Physician’s Creed


I solemnly pledge to consecrate my life to
the service of humanity. I will give to my teachers the respect and
gratitude that is their due. I will practice my profession with conscience
and dignity. The health of my patient will be my first
consideration. I will respect the secrets that are confided
in me, even after the patient has died. I will maintain by all the means in my power,
the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession. My colleagues will be my sisters and my brothers. I will not permit considerations of age, disease
or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, social standing or any other
factor to intervene between my duty and my patient. I will maintain the utmost respect for human
life. I make these promises solemnly, freely and
upon my honour.

41 thoughts on “Hippocratic Oath / Physician’s Creed

  1. I solemnly pledge to consecrate my life to the service of humanity.
    I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude that is their due.
    I will practice my profession with conscious and dignity.
    The health of my patients will be my number one consideration.
    I will respect the secrets that are confided in me, even after my patient has died.
    I will maintain, by all the means in my power, the honor and the noble traditions of the medical profession.
    My colleagues will be my sisters and brothers.
    I will not permit consideration of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, race, political affiliation, nationality, sexual orientation, social standing, or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient.
    I will maintain the utmost respect for human life.
    I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat.
    I make these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honor
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  2. This is a 'modernized' version of the Oath. In the original, the physician swore to "do no harm" and not to perform abortions.

  3. I remember when i had to remember this whole oath when I was 18, I'm now 46 and head of a cardio thoracic ward and I still remember the whole thing off by heart. It's funny what people can remember if they try not to forget

  4. I feel nostalgic and remember my graduation day when dressed in the best suit that I had, I spoke those words. Took the oath; with my parents (and many others ) watching the event from the gallery. It was a great feeling.

  5. My Father is GP, I owe him my sight. I was born to the 26th week, I had ROP. Back in '93, there was no laser-surgery, they "freezed" the back of the eye. My dad gave me steroids, thus I can see 7% with my right eye. He is old now, 60, he turned a grandpa (courtesy of my brother), but I am afraid; will he live the graduation of his granddaughter? I've never been to a GP before, I fear the day when I will have to find one…

  6. I know of too many doctors that pay no attention to the Hippocratic oath.   They become doctors for the main reason of not saving life, but to make as much money as they can.  They are full of greed.

  7. I still remember the moment when i pledge this oath, shoulder to shoulder with my fellow colleague. It was an emotional moment in my life, i remembered the effort since the beginning in this medical profession and always keep in mind that i have said this oath with all my heart

  8. The Hippocratic Oath taken by modern Medical Doctors is a joke. Every time they prescribe a drug they are doing more harm than good. This is what mainstream doctors are trained to do. Sell drugs for the drug companies. Watch the movie on Youtube called "First Do No Harm" What happens in this movie is criminal. This is not an isolated event.

  9. I hope Presence Hospital and North West Community Hospital could abide by these core ethical and moral obligations one day.
    For those who ignored this oath let time judge them for their actions of negligence.

  10. Every time someone is turned away or delayed care because they don't have enough insurance, the doctors who support that organization are violating this oath.

  11. I solemnly pledge to consecrate my life to the service of humanity.
    I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude that is their due.
    I will practice my profession with conscious and dignity.
    The health of my patients will be my number one consideration.
    I will respect the secrets that are confided in me, even after my patient has died.
    I will maintain, by all the means in my power, the honor and the noble traditions of the medical profession.
    My colleagues will be my sisters and brothers.
    I will not permit consideration of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, race, political affiliation, nationality, sexual orientation, social standing, or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient.
    I will maintain the utmost respect for human life.
    I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat.
    I make these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honor

  12. this is very holy and noble. think of how many true professionals protested and fought and resisted evil frauds like theranos and some even to a bitter end, faith in humanity restored somewhat,. Respect to all health care professionals!

  13. My respect to every doctor that took this oath and still hold on to that oath. You people are heroes and saving lives is what heroes do. I wish I can be one. But I'm just not smart enough and defiantly don't have the money to go to medical school or the have the patients for it either. It takes way too long! I want things now or at least, soon. (Depending how soon)

  14. The true Hippocratic Oath is :

    I swear by Apollo Physician, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.

    To hold my teacher in this art equal to my own parents; to make him partner in my livelihood; when he is in need of money to share mine with him; to consider his family as my own brothers, and to teach them this art, if they want to learn it, without fee or indenture; to impart precept, oral instruction, and all other instruction to my own sons, the sons of my teacher, and to indentured pupils who have taken the physician’s oath, but to nobody else.

    I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing. Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course. Similarly I will not give to a woman a pessary to cause abortion. But I will keep pure and holy both my life and my art. I will not use the knife, not even, verily, on sufferers from stone, but I will give place to such as are craftsmen therein.

    Into whatsoever houses I enter, I will enter to help the sick, and I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm, especially from abusing the bodies of man or woman, bond or free. And whatsoever I shall see or hear in the course of my profession, as well as outside my profession in my intercourse with men, if it be what should not be published abroad, I will never divulge, holding such things to be holy secrets.

    Now if I carry out this oath, and break it not, may I gain for ever reputation among all men for my life and for my art; but if I break it and forswear myself, may the opposite befall me.

  15. This is NOT the Hippocratic Oath, but a sick perversion of it which has put in Hippocrates' mouth dreams about "lack of ethnic discrimination" which he never talked about. Also, the portion about never practicing an abortion has been left out. This defacing of the Hippocratic Oath is representative of the current state of the world of medicine.

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