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The Hippocratic Oath: Never give a poison or cause an abortion

Oct 25

Written by: Del Meyer
10/25/2017 6:14 AM 

The following original paragraph has been deleted from the original as being politically incorrect.

I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing. Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course. Similarly, I will not give to a woman a pessary to cause abortion. But I will keep pure and holy both my life and my art. I will not use the knife, not even, verily, on sufferers fromĀ stone, but I will give place to such as are craftsmen therein.

This would imply that an ethical physician would not suggest or be involved in assisted suicide or in an abortion.

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