The Oath of Paracelsus

The Oath of Paracelsus

This is my Vow:

To perfect my medical art and never to swerve from it so long as God grants me my office, and to oppose all false medicines and teachings.

Then to love the sick, each and all of them, more than if my own body were at stake.

Not to judge superficially, but by symptoms, nor to administer any medicine without understanding, nor to collect any money without earning it.

Not to trust any apothecary, nor to do any violence to any child.

Not to guess, but to know.


1493 – 1541

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