Monday, 27 June 2011

Physician's Oath

I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;

I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which 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, which are confided in me, even after the patient has died;

I will maintain by all means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession; my colleagues will be my brothers;

I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, party politics or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient;

I will maintain the utmost respect for human life, from the time of conception; even under threat.

I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity;

I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honour.

Affirmation of Geneva (Physician Oath Declaration) adopted by the Geneva Assembly of the World Medical Association at Geneva, Switzerland, September, 1948 and amended by 22nd World Medical Assembly, Sydney Australia, August, 1968.


Anonymous said...

And to think that we all swore this Oath. Hmmm

Anonymous said...

eh heh. wetin dey there? I thot there was one serious part I'd forgotten like: "I swear to sell all my worldly possessions and give the money to the sick", or something like that! what's all the fuss about?

chuma said...

@The last commenter. Lwkmd. That would be asking too much from a doc. It's good enough that we try to honour our oath... And fulfilment will be ours.

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