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March 22, 1913

Proposed Addition to the Hippocratic Oath

JAMA. 1913;60(12):927. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340120053029

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To the Editor:  —As the time for the graduation of medical students approaches it has occurred to me that an acceptable addition to the Hippocratic oath might be made which cannot fail to meet the approval of medical men. It is generally admitted that the hardest knocks which physicians have to bear come from other medical men; and while nothing libelous need be said, much can be conveyed. The whole ground has been so beautifully covered in such classic phrases that one can see that only good would result from reading the following lines to those about to have to deal with other physicians. The following relates particularly to all instances in which physicians are asked their opinions of their fellow practitioners:That you, at such times . . . never shallWith arms encumber'd thus, or this head-shake,Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase,

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