(AMERICAN GREATNESS) -- When I entered into the practice of medicine in 2005, I took what is called the “Hippocratic Oath.”
The Hippocratic Oath is one of the oldest documents in human history, dating to Greece around 400 B.C. It is an oath of ethics historically taken by physicians and health care providers entering the practice of medicine. There are numerous modern-day versions of the Hippocratic Oath but the message is essentially the same.
The basic principles of the Hippocratic Oath are beneficence, non-maleficence, justice, and respect for the patient’s autonomy with its two rules of confidentiality and veracity.
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We pledge, in essence, to do no harm to those we treat.