Hippocratic Oath

Why talk about the Hippocratic Oath

Why am I placing the Hippocratic Oath on this website on a site where I want to have a better relationship with doctors and medical institutions? I want to expand the medical communities awareness that my discoveries show Alpha1 Antitrypsin and its deficiency affect much more in the body than just the lungs, the liver, a skin condition called panniculitis, and fibromyalgia! Over the last 40 years, I have utilized doctors who just wanted to specialize in one area of medicine. Being a clinician and a specialist is a noble career path.

Today with Uniting Doctors, it is my mission to raise the awareness that almost every specialist must become aware of the protein Alpha1 Antitrypsin. Why? Because of all the potential conditions that may influence their patient's health, well-being, and quality of life! In 1963 Alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency was discovered by Carl-Bertl Laurell and Sten Erikson. In 2018 at the time of my self-diagnosis, approximately 8,000 patients had been diagnosed with Alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency! My disease, at this date, is classified as an Orphan Disease. The Serpina1 gene associated with Alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency affects millions of individuals adversely, in my extensively researched opinion. Something must be done now for the health interest and welfare of patients worldwide so that we may identify more individuals who can have their lives positively changed decades earlier than the standards of care today!

On this website, I have supplied just a few examples for almost every specialization in medicine to illustrate how we can assist the medical profession in raising their expectations as specialists for their patient's more successful health outcomes! We can assist many more physicians and medical professionals in preventing disease and treating a highly underdiagnosed health condition, Alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency! This disease, when correctly identified, can prevent and halt the progression of multiple diseases and conditions. I am living proof! We have stopped my body from attacking itself in many ways that were detrimental to my long-term health, quality of life, and life expectancy!

We want to give all doctors and specialists the chance to join our cause and improve the quality of patients' lives worldwide!

Mark Egly

Medical Definition of Hippocratic Oath

Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
Reviewed on 6/3/2021

Hippocratic Oath: One of the oldest binding documents in history, the Oath written by Hippocrates is still held sacred by physicians: to treat the ill to the best of one's ability, to preserve a patient's privacy, to teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation, and so on. There are many versions of the Hippocratic Oath. We here present two versions. First, the "classic" version (or more precisely, one translation of the original oath). And then, following it, is presented one of the fine "modern" versions of the Hippocratic Oath.

Classic Version

I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfil according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant:

  • To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art - if they desire to learn it - without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law, but no one else.
  • I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.
  • I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.
  • I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work.
  • Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves.
  • What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself, holding such things shameful to be spoken about.

If I fulfil this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.

The classical version of the Hippocratic Oath is from the translation from the Greek by Ludwig Edelstein. From The Hippocratic Oath: Text, Translation, and Interpretation, by Ludwig Edelstein. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1943.

A Modern Version of the Hippocratic Oath

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

  • I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
  • I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
  • I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.
  • I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.
  • I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.
  • I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
  • I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
  • I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

The modern version of the Hippocratic Oath was written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University.