Hippocratic Oath

Hippocratic Medicine

Our January International meeting made one thing very clear: There is an agenda in the world's healthcare systems to mainstream abortion as a human right for all women of all countries. Those of us who do not do elective abortion and do not refer for elective abortion will be looked at as physicians who deny women a basic reproductive healthcare human right. This agenda is unmistakable in the proceedings of committees of the United Nations, of the European Union, certain well funded NGO's, and even in statements from the United States State Department. Our defense is to declare ourselves practitioners of Hippocratic Medicine. In Hippocrates' time (4th Century BC), it was common for a "physician" to practice purposefully ending lives, as well as treating disease and saving lives. Hippocrates declared a different standard committed to doing good, not harm, to the patient. The Hippocratic Oath has been a standard value in civilized medical practice for 2400 years. In the USA, medical students routinely pledged themselves to this Oath in past years. However, since the mid 1970's, a commitment to the Hippocratic Oath has first been diluted, and now is practically abandoned. Hippocratic Medicine is now on the verge of being declared by world medical/ethical systems as "a denial of basic human reproductive rights." We encourage you to identify yourself as a "Hippocratic physician." Surely the majority of doctors are, but unless we identify ourselves as "Hippocratic," we will be marginalized by world and national systems pushing abortion and euthanasia agendas. We urge you to go to www.hippocraticregistry.com, read the home page, click on "register here," and register. Registration is...

World Federation of Doctors Who Respect Human Life Upholds Hippocratic Tradition

What is the World Federation of Doctors Who Respect Human Life? It is an affiliation of medical doctors throughout the world who support the traditional medical ethic of service to the life and health of their patients. There are members in more than 70 countries and membership numbers over 350,000 (situation 1995). The Aims of the Federation 1. To uphold the Hippocratic tradition. 2. To support doctors and health personnel who are discriminated against because they uphold this tradition. 3. To call for legal protection for all members of the human race, from conception/fertilisation until natural death, in accordance with: -the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, and -the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, 1959. -The Declaration of Helsinki, 1975, where #III(4) states: "In research on man, the interest of science and society should never take precedence over considerations related to the well-being of the subject". 4. To found an active section of this Federation of Doctors in every country world-wide. [http://www.euthanasia.com/belgium.html] ———————————————————————   The Medical Code of Ethics Declaration of Geneva, 1948 At the time of being admitted as a Member of the medical profession 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 practise my profession with conscience and dignity; The health and life of my patient will be my first consideration; I will respect the secrets which are confided in me; I will maintain by all means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession; My colleagues will...

Declaration of Geneva

After World War II and the Nazi doctors,  the World Medical Association issues the Declaration of Geneva to update the Hippocratic 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; I will maintain by all means in my pwoer the honor and 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 honor."   The World Medical Association, Declaration of...

The Hippocratic Oath In History

HIPPOCRATES “Historians tell us that Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, was particularly concerned with the financial corruption of physicians. It seems that of the seven capital sins that continue down the centuries to plague mankind, it is avarice – which has as its end the inordinate accumulation of goods and inordinate financial gain – that has perpetually tempted the physician along with his fellow lawyer. "Hence, Hippocrates adjured the physician in practicing his art to pay more heed to service than to fees; to concentrate on healing patients rather than making money.” [Friends of the Michael Fund Newsletter, Spring 2000, www.michaelfund.org; International Fdn for Genetic Research]    Revered as the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.) is without question the most famous physician in antiquity. Teaching 'neath a Plane Tree on the Greek Isle of Cos, the place of his birth, and exhibiting remarkable powers of observation, he studied, diagnosed and treated patients, recording his clinical observations and drawing conclusions regarding etiology and prognosis. Large numbers of apprentice physicians attended his clinics, spread his fame, and assisted in preserving the writings which have come down to us as the Hippocratic corpus.(1) (2) Dispute exists as to whether Hippocrates in fact specifically authored certain papers in the Hippocrates corpus. There is even disagreement whether Hippocrates authored the famous Oath associated with his name or whether it was committed to writing by one or several of his followers some time after his death. (3) (4) Regardless of the specific authorship of the famous Oath, that it comes down to us from that era is denied by none. Undeniable also is the...

Restatement of Hippocratic Oath (A.D. 1995)

[Explaining the purpose of the 1995 Restatement this way, Dr. Joseph R. Stanton said, “There are many sincere young male and female followers of Hippocrates emerging in the ranks of medicine today. It is the hope of the signers and endorsers of this 1995 Restatement that upcoming generations of young physicians in increasing numbers will embrace the Oath’s principles in their personal and professional lives. In taking this pledge, they will stand shoulder to shoulder with the giants who have pledged it in the past and contributed so profoundly to advances in the art and science of medicine while leading exemplary and principled lives.”]   I swear in the presence of the Almighty and before my family, my teachers and my peers that according to my ability and judgment I will keep this Oath and Stipulation: To reckon all who have taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents and in the same spirit and dedication to impart a knowledge of the art of medicine to others. I will continue with diligence to keep abreast of advances in medicine. I will treat without exception all who seek my ministrations, so long as the treatment of others is not compromised thereby, and I will seek the counsel of particularly skilled physicians where indicated for the benefit of my patient. I will follow that method of treatment which according to my ability and judgment I consider for the benefit of my patient and abstain from whatever is harmful or mischievous. I will neither prescribe nor administer a lethal dose of medicine to any patient even if asked nor...

Hippocratic Oath (Original, C. 400 B.C.)

I swear by Apollo, the Physician, and Aesculapius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this stipulation: To hold the one who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art — if they desire to learn it — without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law, but to no one else. I will follow that method of treatment 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 apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.] I will neither give a deadly drug to any one if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Furthermore, I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy [instrument to produce abortion]. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art. I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from...