Oaths Given by U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools, 1977: Profession of Medical Values
Friedlander, Walter J.
Social Science and Medicine. 1982; 16(1): 115-120.
A 1977 survey revealed that 94% of U.S. and 63% of Canadian medical schools administer an oath to graduating seniors, a considerable increase over figures available for 1928 and 1958. Analysis of the current oaths in comparison with those given in 1958 suggests a decline in emphasis on service-oriented values such as confidentiality and the welfare of patients. There was no apparent change in references to values associated with the relationship of the physician to the medical profession. (KIE abstract)
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