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Medical ethics around the world are measured against the hippocratic oath thought to have been written by the Greek physician Hippocrates in about 460-370 BC In some medical schools graduating doctors are still required to swear to a form of the oath. (thankyou to the readers digest) This is what the origina oath says:

I swear by Appolo the healer invoking all the gods and goddesses to be my witnesses that i will fulfill this oath and this written covenant to the best of my ability and judgment. I will look upon him who shall have taught me this art even as one of my own parents I will share my substance with him and i shall supply his neccesities if he be in need I will regard his offspring even as my own breathen and i will teach them this art if they would learn it without fee or covenant I wil impart this art by precept by lecture and by every mode of teaching not only to my own sons but to the sons of him who has taught me and to disciples bound by covenant and oath according to the law of medicine The regimen i adopt shall be for the benefit of the patients according to my ability and judgment and not for the hurt and any wrong I will give no deadly drug to any tho it be asked of me nor will i counsel such and especially i will not aid a woman to procure abortion Whatsoever house i enter there will i go for the benefit of the sick refraining from all wrongdoing or corruption and especially from any act of seduction of male or female of bond or free Whatsoever things i see or hear concerning the life of men in my attendance on the sick or even apart therefrom which ought not to be noised abroad I will keep silence thereon counting such things to be sacred secrets Pure and holy will i keep my life and my art.

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11y ago

Though it states a lot of different things, the main idea is that during a doctor's career she/he will never harm their patient intentionally or use their knowledge of the body to their own advantage. Basically, the doctor will never injure someone. There is probably a printed version online or somewhere (maybe a library or a hospital, I really don't know!) to look at.

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13y ago

The Hippocratic Oath was important because Doctors had to swear by the gods that they would treat patients right, by having the oath you only had Doctor's who wanted to help the sick and where not just in it for the money, also by having doctor swear by the oath it increased doctors to be professional and this made people regain there confidence in the Doctors. (:

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11y ago

It should mean that I care about the patient and that I will do this patient no harm. Also, that I care enough about this patient that if I were to do anything to him or her that I would do everything to correct it and not become angry with the patient.

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9y ago

The Hippocratic Oath is the ethical creed that guides the medical profession. Its significance is its symbolism of an ideal: to preserve human life with selfless dedication.

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13y ago

It is the Hippocratic Oath, inspired by an ancient Greek physician named Hippocrates.

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It was Hippocrates of the Ancient Greek people. That's why it's called the hippocratic oath/

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Hippocratic oath is an ethical tenet that most doctors take when graduating from medical school.

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