Poem: Do No Harm

Poem: Do No Harm

By Anonymous

We have betrayed the Hippocratic oath
Do not make the first cut if the ailment may subside otherwise,
do not take action if waiting may solve it,
even if the patient must suffer a little bit longer.
For once the first cut has been made, there is no going back.
The body will never look exactly as before.
The heart will always show tracing of where it broke.
We have betrayed the Hippocratic oath
without ever touching a scalpel.
Do no harm;
hold back the blade,
hold back your tongue.

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