Hippocratic oath - Definition

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The Hippocratic oath is a traditional oath that dates back to the fourth century BC, named after the doctor who wrote it. This text brings together the fundamental elements of professional conduct and ethical practices of medicine. This oath is still read out today by newly qualified doctors. The themes and principles that remain of interest today are the concepts of doctor-patient confidentiality, of no commercial gain, or of keeping patients from harm or injustice. It constitutes the foundation of the professional codes of conduct for medical professionals, which has since been extensively developed upon, and is recited and sworn by every new doctor.