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Hippocratic Oath (Modern Version)

Fill in the missing words of the modern Hippocratic Oath as written by Louis Lasagna.
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I swear to fulfill,
to the best of my ability
and judgment,
this covenant:
 
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains
of those physicians in whose steps I walk,
and gladly share such knowledge as is mine
with those who are to follow.
 
I will apply,
for the benefit of the sick,
all measures which are required,
avoiding those twin traps
of overtreatment
and therapeutic nihilism.
 
I will remember that there is art to medicine
as well as science,
and that warmth, sympathy,
and understanding may outweigh
the surgeon's knife
or the chemist's drug.
 
I will not be ashamed to say "I know not,"
nor will I fail to call in my colleagues
when the skills of another are needed
for a patient's recovery.
 
I will respect
the privacy of my patients,
for their problems are not disclosed to me
that the world may know.
Most especially must I tread with care
in matters of life and death.
 
 
If it is given me to save a life, all thanks.
But it may also be within my power to take a life;
this awesome responsibility
must be faced with great humbleness
and awareness
of my own frailty.
Above all, I must not play at God.
 
I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart,
a cancerous growth,
but a sick human being,
whose illness may affect the person's family
and economic stability.
My responsibility includes these related problems,
if I am to care adequately for the sick.
 
I will prevent disease whenever I can,
for prevention is preferable to cure.
 
I will remember that I remain
a member of society,
with special obligations
to all my fellow human beings,
those sound of mind and body
as well as the infirm.
 
If I do not violate this oath,
may I enjoy life and art,
respected while I live
and remembered with affection thereafter.
May I always act so as to preserve
the finest traditions of my calling
and may I long experience
the joy of healing those
who seek my help.
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