Let's face it, in practice, science is what scientists do. Then, who's a scientist? Simply delivered, a human with values. Well, our humanity has had plenty of practice in that realm. Remember William Osler for instance. His recommendation for a physician was to be a humanitarian, scientist, and artist.

I have been reviewing the oaths taken by the medical profession. Below is my version of their oath.

At the time of being admitted as a member of the science profession:

One. I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;

Two. I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due;

Three. I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity; the health of humanity will be my first consideration;

Four. I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honor and the noble traditions of the science profession; my colleagues will be my brothers/sisters;

Five. I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, party politics or social standing to intervene between my duty and humanity;

Six. I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from the time of conception, even under threat, I will not use my science knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity;

Seven. I make these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honor.

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