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Oath of the Hindu physician

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The oath of the Hindu physician, also known as the vaidya's oath, was an oath taken by Hindu physicians. It is dated from the 15th century BCE and requires physicians not to eat meat, drink, or commit adultery. Similar to the Hippocratic Oath, the vaidya's oath entreats physicians not to harm their patients and be solely devoted to their care,[1] even if this put their lives in danger.[2]

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  1. Alfred Gellhorn (1977). "Medical ethics - So what's the story?" (PDF). In Vitro 13 (10): 589. doi:10.1007/BF02615108. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  2. "Indiana Compensation Act for Patients" (PDF). Indiana State Medical Association. p. 6. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 

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