Abortion And The Hippocratic Oath Anti-Abortion Pro-Life Video. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocratic_Oath. The Hippocratic Oath. Original, translated from Greek. "I swear by Apollo, 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. 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 I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone. To please no one will I prescribe a deadly drug nor give advice which may cause his death. Nor will I give a woman a pessary to procure abortion. But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts. I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art. 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. Hippocrates (460-377 BC), a Greek physician, is traditionally acknowledged as the "Father of Medicine". The Hippocratic Oath was formulated in the 4th century BC, at the time when Hippocrates was establishing medicine as a science, raising it from its primitive state. The oath is the most enduring tradition in Western medicine and has been the guiding ethical code for physicians since ancient Greece. The oath became the nucleus of all medical ethics. It its most compelling portions, it emphasizes the profundity of the medical covenant, patient dignity, the confidentiality of the transaction, and the physician's responsibility to guard against abuse or corruption of his knowledge and art. In view of the universal degradation of morality in the society, the traditional administration of an ethical oath is beginning to lose moral force. "The original oath is redolent of a covenant, a solemn and binding treaty," writes Dr. David Graham in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association (12/13/00). "By contrast, many modern oaths have a bland, generalized air of 'best wishes' about them, being near-meaningless formalities devoid of any influence on how medicine is truly practiced." Public domain information. Published by rosaryfilms at Secret of the Rosary Films.