What follows is actually the Hippocratic oath. It was written in the fourth century BC as a credo for people who wished to study, and then enter, the Medical Profession. In, and of itself, it has withstood the test of time. The reason it is on the pages, is that in reviewing it, I find it has merit, and is an appropriate covenant, within the B&D/S&M community.
The Modern Day Hippocratic Oath
- I will look upon him who taught me this Art even as one of my parents.
- I will share my substance with him, and I will supply his necessities, if he be in need.
- I will regard his offspring even as my own brethren,and I will teach them this art, if they would learn it, without fee or covenant.
- I will impart this art by precept, by lecture and by every mode of teaching, not only to my own sons but to the sons of him who has taught me, and to disciples bound by covenant and oath, according to law.
- The regimen I adopt shall be for the benefit of all, according to my ability and judgement, and not for their hurt or for any wrong, even though it be asked of me, nor will I counsel such.
- Whatsoever house I enter, there will I go for the benefit of all, refraining from all wrongdoing or corruption, and especially from any act of seduction, of male or female, of bond or free.
- Whatsoever things I see or hear in confidence, or even apart therefrom, which should not be repeated abroad, I will keep silence thereon, counting such things to be as sacred secrets.
The Original Hippocratic Oath
Original, translated from Greek.
- I swear by Asclepius, Hygeia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgement, 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 if they so desire without fee or written promise; to impart to my sons and the sons of the master who taught me and the disciples who have enrolled themselves and have agreed to the rules of the profession, but to these alone the precepts and the instruction.
- 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 (kidney) 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.