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Declaration of Geneva

Declaration of Geneva

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 respect the secrets which are confided in me;

I will maintain by all the means in my power the honor and the noble traditions of the medical profession;

My colleagues will be my brothers and sisters;

I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, gender, politics, socioeconomic standing, or sexual orientation to intervene between my duty and my patient;

I will maintain the utmost respect for human life; even under threat, I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity.

I make those promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honor.

Adopted by the World Medical Association in 1948 as a replacement for the traditional Hippocratic Oath, with student modifications in 1971 and 1993.