Medicine: I Swear

Midwives in Latin America now have their own version of the famed Hippocratic oath. As part of the cooperative health campaign of the U.S. and 18 Latin American countries, midwives are required to vow: "I swear in the name of God and my own conscience that I will never practice abortions . . . that I will always make use of the umbilical sterile dressing and of silver nitrate solution at one percent. . . "

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