A. R. V. Murthy1, Dhanya C. P.2

1Dean & Medical Superintendent, 2Associate Professor, Department of Swasthavritta and Yoga, Atreya Ayurveda MedicalCollege, Hospital & Research Centre, Dodaballapur, Bangalore.


The schools of medicine are authorized tooffer genuine physicians and surgeons particularly. The health care providers are obliged to observe supreme code of ethics in their professional life. The practice of taking the famous Hippocratic Oath, one of its recent version, on the graduation ceremony in the contemporary medical education systems serves as the pledge of professional leniency and loyalty to be kept by the doctors, but has lost its true sense and real purpose and remains as a mere custom. The article searches the authenticity and antiquity of the medical oath, highlights the real code of ethics in the ancient medical oath, the eastern influence on the western medical oath and the necessity of an oath taking upon the inception of medical schooling. The medical oath has its roots in Upanishat and Samhita , the ‘anushasana (exhortation) given to the antevaasin (student residing with the teacher) structures the base and a conclusive and convincing relic Indian medical oath is presented before the entire schools of medicine.

Keyword :Ancient Indian medical oath, Anushasana, code of ethics