Thursday 21 March 2013

Assad's Hippocratic Oath.

12th Century Byzantine Hippocratic Oath.

On reminding myself that Syria's delightful President, DOCTOR Bashar al-Assad, must have taken this oath, I'm wondering if he has now been STRUCK OFF. Read it, and see if you think he should be.

I swear by Apollo Physician and Aesculapius and Hygiena and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfil according to my ability and judgement 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 judgement 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 favour 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 honoured 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.

re: the final paragraph: I think Assad probably qualifies for the latter. One really has to wonder how he thinks his killing spree will all end; methinks at the end of a hyppocratic rope! 


  1. who can figure what goes on in the brain of a man such as this? how in the world does he figure he will prevail? He will go the way of other evil despots. and in the meantime, how many will die? he must be completely delusional if he thinks he'll get out alive.

  2. Oh well..that `ability and judgement`thing gives you quite the loophole don`t you think?

  3. Had never read this. "...if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot." Assad will eventually pay that price.


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