Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Declaration of Geneva

Today I attended my daughter Hannah's graduation ceremony with my wife Liz and eldest daughter Sarah. It was lovely and very special.

At the close of the ceremony all the medical graduates stood and read the Geneva declaration together. A document which was produced in 1948 and adopted by the World Medical Association as something of an updating of the Hippocratic oath. It was very moving and I hope that the graduates are able to uphold its high principles.

They mostly used the original version (there have been 5 revisions since)-the differences from that original document are in red.

  • 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 practise my profession with conscience and dignity;
  • The health and life of my patient will be my first consideration;
  • I will respect the secrets which are confided in me; even after the patient has died
  • I will maintain by all means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession;
  • My colleagues will be my brothers and my sisters
  • 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 its beginning, 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.
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