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The Declaration of Geneva

At the time of being admitted as a member of the medical profession:

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


I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude that 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 that are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical
profession;
My colleagues will be my sisters and brothers;
I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality,
political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene between
my duty and my patient.
I will maintain the utmost respect for human life;
I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat;
I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honor

Hippocratic Oath (Modern)


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 which 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. 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.
The American Medical Association (AMA)
The medical profession has long subscribed to a body of ethical statements developed primarily for the benefit
of the patient. As a member of this profession, a physician must recognize responsibility to patients first and
foremost, as well as to society, to other health professionals, and to self. The following Principles adopted by
the American Medical Association are not laws, but standards of conduct which define the essentials of
honorable behavior for the physician.

Principles of medical ethics


I. A physician shall be dedicated to providing competent medical care, with compassion and respect for human
dignity and rights.

II. A physician shall uphold the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions, and
strive to report physicians deficient in character or competence, or engaging in fraud or deception, to
appropriate entities.

III. A physician shall respect the law and also recognize a responsibility to seek changes in those requirements
which are contrary to the best interests of the patient.

IV. A physician shall respect the rights of patients, colleagues, and other health professionals, and shall
safeguard patient confidences and privacy within the constraints of the law.

V. A physician shall continue to study, apply, and advance scientific knowledge, maintain a commitment to
medical education, make relevant information available to patients, colleagues, and the public, obtain
consultation, and use the talents of other health professionals when indicated.

VI. A physician shall, in the provision of appropriate patient care, except in emergencies, be free to choose
whom to serve, with whom to associate, and the environment in which to provide medical care.

VII. A physician shall recognize a responsibility to participate in activities contributing to the improvement of the
community and the betterment of public health.

VIII. A physician shall, while caring for a patient, regard responsibility to the patient as paramount.

IX. A physician shall support access to medical care for all people.
Solemn Oath of a Physician of Russia

In the presence of my Teachers and colleagues in the great science of doctoring, accepting with deep gratitude
the rights of a physician granted to me I SOLEMNLY PROMISE:
to regard him who has taught me the art of doctoring as equal to my parents and to help him in his affairs and
if he is in need;
to impart any precepts, oral instruction, and all other learning to my pupils who are bound by the obligation of
medical law but to no one else;
I will conduct my life and my art purely and chastely, being charitable and not causing people harm;
I will never deny medical assistance to anyone and will render it with equal diligence and patience to a patient
of any means, nationality, religion, and conviction;
no matter what house I may enter, I will go there for the benefit of the patient, remaining free of all intentional
injustice and mischief, especially sexual relations;
to prescribe dietetic measures and medical treatment for the patients benefit according to my abilities and
judgment, refraining from causing them any harm or injustice;
I will never use my knowledge and skill to the detriment of anyones health, even my enemys;
I will never give anyone a fatal drug if asked nor show ways to carry out such intentions;
whatever I may see and hear during treatment or outside of treatment concerning a persons life, which
should not be divulged, I will keep to myself, regarding such matters as secret;
I promise to continue my study of the art of doctoring and do everything in my power to promote its
advancement, reporting all my discoveries to the scientific world;
I promise not to engage in the manufacture or sale of secret remedies;
I promise to be just to my fellow doctors and not to insult their persons; however, if it is required for the
benefit of a patient, I will speak the truth openly and impartially;
in important cases I promise to seek the advice of doctors who are more versed and experienced than I;
when I myself am summoned for consultation, I will acknowledge their merit and efforts according to my
conscience. If I fulfill this Oath without violating it, let me be given happiness in my life and art. If I transgress it
and give a false Oath, let the opposite be my lot.