oath and prayer of Maimonides
physician of the 12th Century
eternal Providence has appointed me
to watch over the life and health of Thy creatures.
May the love for my art actuate me at all times;
may neither avarice, nor miserliness,
nor the thirst for glory, nor a great reputation engage my
for the enemies of Truth and Philanthrophy
could easily deceive me,
and make me forgetful
of my lofty aim of doing good to Thy children.
May I never see in the patient
anything but a fellow creature in pain,
Grant me strength, time and opportunity,
always to correct what I have acquired,
always to extend its domain,
for knowledge is immense,
and the spirit of man can extend infinitely,
to enrich itself daily,
with new requirements.
Today he can discover his errors of yesterday,
and tomorrow he may obtain a new light
on what he thinks himself sure of today.
O God, Thou hast appointed me
to watch over the life and death of Thy creatures;
here I am ready for my vocation.