The Physician’s Oath

April 27, 2016

I SOLEMNLY PLEDGE to consecrate my life to the service of humanity.

I WILL GIVE to my teachers the respect and gratitude, which are 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, even after the patient has died.

I WILL MAINTAIN by all means in my power, the honour and the 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 honour.


(The declaration of Geneva (Physicians’ Oath Declaration) adopted by the General Assembly of the World Medical Association at Geneva, Switzerland, in September 1948 and amended by the 22nd World Medical Assembly at Sydney, Australia in August, 1958)