An oath said to have been dictated by Hippocrates
to his disciples. Such an oath is still administered to candidates for graduation in medicine. [PJC
" An English translation of the oath reads:
I swear by Apollo the physician, by Aesculapius, and Health, and All-heal, and all the gods and goddesses, that according to my ability and my judgement, 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 wish to learn it, without fee or
stipulation; and that by precept, lecture, and every mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of
the Art to my own sons, and 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 or regimen which, according to my ability and judgement, 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
labouring 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 service, 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."