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November 21, 1966

The Hippocratic Oath

JAMA. 1966;198(8):953. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110210203059

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To the Editor:—  I read with dismay a letter (197:930, 1966) under the heading "Hippocratic Modern." Personally, it is saddening to see the Hippocratic Oath ridiculed or degraded with attempts at humor.Prior to the distribution of diplomas, our class at medical school recited in unison a most inspiring condensed version of the Hippocratic Oath:I do solemnly swear by that which I hold most sacredThat I will be loyal to the profession of medicine and just and generous to its members.That I will lead my life and practice my art in uprightness and honor.That into whatever house I shall enter it shall be for the good of the sick to the utmost of my power, holding myself aloof from wrong, from corruption, and from the tempting of others to vice.That I will exercise my art solely for the care of my patients and will