The Declaration of Geneva

(Written in 1948 and amended to the current form in 1983 by the World Medical Association.)


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, even after the patient has died;


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


My colleagues will be my brothers;


I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, party politics or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient;


I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from its beginning even under threat and I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity;


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