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August 30, 2019

Can Physicians Work in US Immigration Detention Facilities While Upholding Their Hippocratic Oath?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 3Johns Hopkins Institute of Bioethics, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA. 2019;322(15):1445-1446. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.12567

The modern successor to the Hippocratic oath, called the Declaration of Geneva, was updated and approved by the World Medical Association in 2017. The pledge states that “The health and well-being of my patient will be my first consideration” and “I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat.”1 Can a physician work in US immigration detention facilities while upholding this pledge?

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