Hippocrates: Father of Medicine and the Oath

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. will I 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.

Wwhatever, 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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