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The Oath of the Moral Physician

Sun Simiao

Sun Si Miao (581-682AD) was China’s “King of Medicine” due to his extensive contributions to Chinese medical texts, his widespread influence and the extraordinary care he gave to his patients.

Sun Si Miao’s Oath:

“I promise to follow the way of the great physician. I will serve to live in harmony with nature, and teach patients to do the same.

“I will stay calm and completely committed when treating disease. I will not give way to personal wishes and desires, but above all else hold and nurture a deep feeling of compassion.

“I will be devoted to the task of saving the sacred spark of life in every creature that still carries it. I will strive to maintain a clear mind and be willing to hold myself to the highest standards.

“It will be my duty to diagnose suffering and treat disease. I will not be boastful about my skills and not driven by greed for material things.

“Above all, I will keep an open heart. As I move on the right path I will receive great happiness as a reward without asking for anything in return.”

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