Original, translated into English
(courtesy wikipedia for all 3 versions)
I swear by Apollo, the healer, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath and agreement:
To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art.
But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.
In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction and especially from the pleasures of love with women or with men, be they free or slaves.
All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.
If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all men and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my lot.
I swear by Apollo the Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods, and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant:
To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art–if they desire to learn it–without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken the oath according to medical law, but to no one else.
I will apply dietic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.
I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.
I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work.
Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves.
What I may see or hear in the course of treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep myself holding such things shameful to be spoken about.
If I fulfill this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honoured with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.
I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.
I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.
I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given to me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.
I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.
The Physician’s Oath
At the time of being admitted as a member of the medical profession:
- I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
- I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due;
- I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity; the health of my patient will be my first consideration;
- I will maintain by all the 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.[8
I read that and then I consider the submissions to media outlets by some Doctors and I am left wondering.
They could indeed be well-intentioned members of society. Their positions affect and harm the otherwise relatively healthy members of society. In my opinion? That’s a violation of the Oath physician’s are supposedly taking. Even if they don’t? They have an awesome responsibility to others by virtue of their role in society.
It is understandable that the American public would want to execute the likes of John Allen Muhammad, who terrorized the DC area for weeks and shot and killed several people. However, the same insane NRA-sponsored policies that allowed this man to so easily his weapons also helped Major Hasan Nidal get his little cop-killer handgun that was able to dispense up to 100 armor-piercing rounds in short order, and makes the lives of many families infinitely more miserable. Nor did the owner of Guns Galore feel the need to alert the authorities to this weird purchase by an army psychiatrist.
How much longer will the United States of America be held hostage by the gun lobby? The entire South is being transformed into one big VVG, what in that other disreputable industry is called A Violent Video Game. Killing John Allen Muhammad won’t bring back the 3 dead or heal the 5 wounded from the latest South Carolina driveby shooting, either.
It’s time the U.S. took another long, sober look at that fateful Heller V. District of Columbia decision.
Ron Charach MD
Toronto M5S2J9 …”
Dr.Charach from 2005
“…Where’s political courage to remove assault weapons and handguns from
all citizens not in uniform? Paralyzed mom victim of mob hit
Louise Russo, persistent spokesperson for gun control in Canada, was not
simply an innocent victim of organized crime. She was a victim of
inadequate gun laws that currently allow non-uniformed citizens to own a
weapon like a Colt AR 15 assault rifle, the piece of military hardware
that robbed her of her mobility and nearly took her life. Why don’t any
of the political party leaders have the courage to put forth a
U.K.-style law to remove assault weapons and handguns from all citizens
not in uniform? Only last week, a brazen shooting in downtown Toronto
claimed three more victims. Clearly we are in as much danger from these
wantonly sold and distributed weapons as we are from theoretical
terrorists and their so-called “weapons of mass destruction.” South of
our border the National Rifle Association is winning in its campaign to
make guns ubiquitous. Guns are permitted in homes and in people’s cars;
an assault weapons ban was allowed to lapse and states are hastily
passing legislation to allow the use of guns in public places when
people feel threatened, and to be allowed even in high-risk places such
as bars and high-school parking lots.
In the face of such insanity – and as a psychiatrist I don’t use this
term loosely – we in Canada must move now to make our country free of
any handgun and assault weapon in civilian hands. Let the gun collectors
and “gun fanciers” switch to replicas or else apply for green cards.
Remember, the firearm that nearly silenced Russo was stolen from a
law-abiding citizen and, to add insult to injury, the theft occurred
several years ago.
Ron Charach, MD, Toronto
Does Dr. Charach discriminate against the aged in the National Post? Where has his title of “Dr” gone. He’ll use it when penning letters to the US. Forbidden in Canada but assuming lisence to use the title in the US to attempt to lend credence to his opinions?
“Re: The Coming Alzheimer’s Crisis, Matt Gurney, Jan. 31.
I agree with Matt Gurney that our society “must steel itself for the wave of Alzheimer’s and dementia that is in our future.” And that should include mandatory testing for men and women over the age of 65 who collect firearms. If anything, people in this demographic should be required to store and service their weapons at gun clubs or firing ranges, but not in their homes, as careless storage can result in burglary. Where guns are concerned, society simply has no room for error.
Ron Charach, Toronto.
Dr. Charach opining recemtly in the US
Something painful is missing from most “Crime in Mexico” pieces in the North American press.
Where do the guns that bequeath the drug gangs their invincibility came from? Houston and El Paso gun shops, that’s where. The official estimate is that between 60,000 and 70,000 American guns have crossed the border into Mexico. That’s more than enough guns to replay The Alamo saga in Mexico’s favor.
Ironically, El Paso, awash in guns and especially, guns for export, was recently declared one of America’s safest cities. The violence in Mexico did not originate in the United States, even if the American appetite for drugs stokes it, but the American laxity about firearms sales pours gasoline on its hellish fires.
I wonder what Dr. Ron thinks now that the story of Project Gunrunner broke into the MSM in the US?
WASHINGTON – Keeping American weapons from getting into the hands of Mexican gangs is the goal of a program called “Project Gunrunner.” But critics say it’s doing exactly the opposite. CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports on what she found.
December 14, 2010. The place: a dangerous smuggling route in Arizona not far from the border. A special tactical border squad was on patrol when gunfire broke out and agent Brian Terry was killed.
Kent, Brian’s brother, said “he was my only brother. That was the only brother I had. I’m lost.”
The assault rifles found at the murder were traced back to a U.S. gun shop. Where they came from and how they got there is a scandal so large, some insiders say it surpasses the shoot-out at Ruby Ridge and the deadly siege at Waco.
To understand why, it helps to know something about “Project Gunrunner” an operation run by the ATF the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
“Project Gunrunner” deployed new teams of agents to the southwest border. The idea: to stop the flow of weapons from the US to Mexico’s drug cartels. But in practice, sources tell CBS News, ATF’s actions had the opposite result: they allegedly facilitated the delivery of thousands of guns into criminal hands.
CBS News wanted to ask ATF officials about the case, but they wouldn’t agree to an interview. We were able to speak to six veteran ATF agents and executives involved. They don’t want to be quoted by name for fear of retaliation. These are their allegations.
In late 2009, ATF was alerted to suspicious buys at seven gun shops in the Phoenix area. Suspicious because the buyers paid cash, sometimes brought in paper bags. And they purchased classic “weapons of choice” used by Mexican drug traffickers – semi-automatic versions of military type rifles and pistols.
Sources tell CBS News several gun shops wanted to stop the questionable sales, but ATF encouraged them to continue.
Jaime Avila was one of the suspicious buyers. ATF put him in its suspect database in January of 2010. For the next year, ATF watched as Avila and other suspects bought huge quantities of weapons supposedly for “personal use.” They included 575 AK-47 type semi-automatic rifles.
ATF managers allegedly made a controversial decision: allow most of the weapons on the streets. The idea, they said, was to gather intelligence and see where the guns ended up. Insiders say it’s a dangerous tactic called letting the guns, “walk.”
One agent called the strategy “insane.” Another said: “We were fully aware the guns would probably be moved across the border to drug cartels where they could be used to kill.”
On the phone, one Project Gunrunner source (who didn’t want to be identified) told us just how many guns flooded the black market under ATF’s watchful eye. “The numbers are over 2,500 on that case by the way. That’s how many guns were sold – including some 50-calibers they let walk.”
50-caliber weapons are fearsome. For months, ATF agents followed 50-caliber Barrett rifles and other guns believed headed for the Mexican border, but were ordered to let them go. One distraught agent was often overheard on ATF radios begging and pleading to be allowed to intercept transports. The answer: “Negative. Stand down.”
CBS News has been told at least 11 ATF agents and senior managers voiced fierce opposition to the strategy. “It got ugly…” said one. There was “screaming and yelling” says another. A third warned: “this is crazy, somebody is gonna to get killed.”
Sure enough, the weapons soon began surfacing at crime scenes in Mexico – dozens of them sources say – including shootouts with government officials.
One agent argued with a superior asking, “are you prepared to go to the funeral of a federal officer killed with one of these guns?” Another said every time there was a shooting near the border, “we would all hold our breath hoping it wasn’t one of ‘our’ guns.”
Then, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered. The serial numbers on the two assault rifles found at the scene matched two rifles ATF watched Jaime Avila buy in Phoenix nearly a year before. Officials won’t answer whether the bullet that killed Terry came from one of those rifles. But the nightmare had come true: “walked” guns turned up at a federal agent’s murder.
“You feel like s***. You feel for the parents,” one ATF veteran told us.
Hours after Agent Terry was gunned down, ATF finally arrested Avila. They’ve since indicted 34 suspected gunrunners in the same group. But the indictment makes no mention of Terry’s murder, and no one is charged in his death.
Kent Terry said of his brother, “He’d want them to tell the truth. That’s one thing my brother didn’t like was a liar. And that’s what he’d want. He’d want the truth.
In a letter, the Justice Department which oversees ATF says the agency has never knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to suspected gunrunners.
Sipset Street Irregulars Blog entry Feb 9, 2011.
You will even find that some people “on the fence” or probably otherwise disinterested in the gun control issue find Dr. Ron’s Rants(c) nonsense.
“…I really am missing the point of his latest rant. There is no one to blame for the spate of violence among black youths in Toronto except the miscreants themselves. The claim that licensed gun owners and manufacturers of firearms are somehow to blame for this is just plain stupid. This makes no more sense than claiming it is breweries, distilleries and automobile manufacturers who are to blame for the people who drive while impaired. When a drunken motorist is caught and put on trial, claiming that the booze is to blame and rather than driver is not accepted as a defence in court. Neither can it be offered as a defence in court that it is the firearm that is responsible in assaults, robberies and homicides. Individuals are responsible for their actions and must expect to face the consequences when they they wilfully choose a life of thuggery. Race, ethnicity or class does not matter. We are all equal under the law. “