July 13, 2007

Op-Ed Contributor

The New Hippocratic Oath


Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel 
Tuesday ... that he was ordered to mention President Bush three times 
on every page of his speeches.

- The Times, July 11

I SWEAR by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and President 
Bush and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I 
will fulfill according to my and President Bush's ability and 
judgment this oath and covenant:

To hold President Bush who has taught me this art as equal to my 
parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in 
need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his 
offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them 
this art - if they desire to learn it - without fee and covenant; to 
give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other 
learning to President Bush and to the sons and/or daughters of 
President Bush who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed 
the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law, but 
no one else.

I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according 
to my ability and judgment and that of President Bush; I will keep 
him from harm and injustice.

Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of President 
Bush, remaining free of all intentional injustice, mischief and in 
particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons.

What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside 
of the treatment in regard to President Bush, which on no account one 
must spread abroad, I will keep to myself.

If I fulfill this oath and do not violate it, may President Bush 
grant to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all 
men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may 
President Bush's be my lot.

- MICHAEL FELDMAN, host of the PRI radio program "Whad'Ya Know?"