The change to the Hippocratic oath is symbolic, but far from trivial

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The news this week that the modern version of the Hippocratic Oath has been updated made a pleasant change from the usual dispiriting headlines.

The World Medical Association inserted a phrase about self-care for doctors into its time-honoured Declaration of Geneva. I was happy to see it.

Legend has it that doctors take the Hippocratic Oath upon graduation, although none of us actually do.

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