The Hippocratic Oath

Posted by Teen Bean

I got to thinking today... what if people had to take an oath before they were allowed to practice whatever form of higher education or training they went through? what if every business man, lawyer, teacher, professional athlete, missionary, musician, plumber, DJ, nurse, photographer, sunday school teacher, engineer, judge, volunteer, carpenter, social worker, politician, comedian, banker, police officer, counselor, scientist... who ever... what if each one had to stand before their peers and take an oath before they were allowed practice what they have learned... like the Hippocratic Oath that doctors take before they practice medicine. would it change our world to make people realize the extreme blessing they have as being among the educated elite? would it push them to be more responsible with what they have learned? would our world be a better place?

Go ahead... consider what you do... or what you want to do... then read through the hippocratic oath and insert your job title and duties where it mentions physicians and who they serve...

it changed my attitude at work loads!

The Hippocratic Oath (Modern Version)
I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.
I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.
I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.
I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

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Just wanted to say... LOVE this idea! I feel like we touched on it a bit in my undergrad but can't really remember. We should write an ICCD oath!!!

February 26, 2010 at 8:29 PM

ooo that is such a good idea... we really should i bet everyone would really be into this idea!

February 28, 2010 at 7:33 AM

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