Beyond “Do No Harm”

By Karin Evans | September 1, 2006 | 0 comments

Physicians Ann and Bryce Kellams—graduates of Rachel Remen’s “Healer’s Art” class—have gone on to teach the class at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. As part of the class, students write their own versions of the Hippocratic oath. Below are some examples of their work.

“Help me to listen with my heart
Feel with my mind
Notice with my wholeness
Touch with my compassion
That I may cherish the wonders
and flavors of humankind.”

“Join me in this place
of sadness and light
of darkness and love
where it is safe to talk
and safe to bow together
in silence.”

“The table may not be soft
but it is a place
of honor
My hands may not be warm
But my heart beats with yours.”

“Stay awhile that we may
nourish the flame
of hope and wonder
that will warm your world,
my world,
the whole world.”

“I want to be more:
compassionate, quick to forgive,
servant-like, self less, thankful,
humble, bold, loving,
non-judgmental, honest.
I want to see others, loving their
good qualities and forgiving their
bad qualities.”

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About The Author

Karin Evans is a former editor of Hippocrates magazine and the author of The Lost Daughters of China: Abandoned Girls, Their Journey to America, and the Search for a Missing Past (Penguin Putnam).


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