It’s the 21st century — and modern medical science and technology has advanced rapidly to make a poignant difference to contemporary life. With time, the Hippocratic Oath conceptualized 2,500 years ago has also undergone remarkable changes to make it more suitable and adaptable to the 21st century.
An update to the Hippocratic Oath for physicians was approved last year by the World Medical Association (WMA). It was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. At the WMA’s Annual General Assembly in Chicago, physicians approved the revisions made to the Declaration of Geneva which was adopted by the Association in 1948.
What is the Hippocratic Oath?
The Hippocratic oath is an ethical code attributed to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. It was adopted as a guide to conduct by medical the fraternity. It is also used by many medical schools during their graduation ceremonies.