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· The Physician's Oath, Geneva Style ·

We were pleased to see our daughter-in-law become a medical doctor Saturday. Graduating with honors and an Alpha Omega Alpha key, Savvy is taking our last name apparently. We thought to mark her choice with pride today — since it accords in part with the 1948 World Health Organization version of the classic Physician's Oath.

 · Caduceus · All name changes are of course stylistic metonyms, but anyone familiar with such figures knows they also mark more substantive matters — like Savvy's. Indeed, Savvy's new name, like her degree, entails changed words and worlds. As she's moving now to the famed Mayo Clinic, we're told she's going to learn medicine not in the right or wrong way but in The Mayo way, so we thought she might also someday do medical things in A Stylechoice way. That would be interesting.

In any case, we heard Savvy with all her fellow graduates solemnly repeat the updated version of the Physician's Oath Saturday, and it sounded good to us:

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 sisters and brothers.
  • I WILL respect and value the lives of all persons;
  • I WILL not discriminate against any person in my medical decisions;
  • 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 these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honor.

You might like to know what we inscribed on Savvy's card, itself marked with St. Benedict's own good word: "Let peace be your quest and aim":

 · Asclepius · Savvy,

As you take the Physician's Oath today, affirming your service to humankind, we trust that St. Benedict's injunction will second and extend its meaning in a larger service to God. You today have our admiration for the work involved in achieving this milestone. In calling you Doctor, though, it's rather the charitable spirit of "Savvy" we honor all the more!

                             Styles and Stylish


Congratulations to the young doctor, and thanks for sharing the physician's oath with us. May she set an example for others in heeding it well!

Posted by Huldah Marguerite on June 10, 2004 07:22 PM

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