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What is the Hippocratic Oath?

The Hippocratic Oath was conceived by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who is commonly referred to as the father of medicine. The oath is considered to be a cornerstone of medical ethics.

Hippocrates sought out common sense explanations for diseases, instead of ascribing supernatural causes. By the time he died in 377, he had become the most widely-known physician in Greece.

The classical oath is dedicated to the Greek gods, and explicitly bars abortion and euthanasia. Additionally, the classical oath prohibits doctors from performing surgery.

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