Hippocratic Oath (Modern Version)

Hippocratic Oath(ōTH) (Modern Version)

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant(ˈkəvənənt):

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains(ɡān) of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly(ˈɡladlē) 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(ˌTHerəˈpyo͞odik) nihilism(ˈnīəˌlizəm).

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy(ˈsimpəTHē), and understanding may outweigh(ˌoutˈwā) the surgeon’s(ˈsərjən) knife(nīf) or the chemist’s(ˈkeməst) drug.

I will not be ashamed(əˈSHāmd) 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(ˈprīvəsē) 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(ˈhəmb(ə)lnəs) and awareness of my own frailty(ˈfrā(ə)ltē). Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever(ˈfēvər) chart, a cancerous(ˈkansərəs) growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability(stəˈbilədē). My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately(ˈadikwətlē) for the sick.

I will prevent(prəˈvent) disease(dəˈzēz) whenever I can, for prevention(prəˈven(t)SH(ə)n) is preferable(ˈpref(ə)rəb(ə)l) to cure(kyo͝or).