Originally Posted by YPOD
Do all doctors and medical professionals take the Hippocratic Oath around the world? Would someone in China say take it?
I can't actually speak for doctors in other nations, especially a place like China where medicine (as an art) has a vastly different history and philosopy. The Hippocratic oath, being greek in origin, is likely known primarily to the Western world.
That being said, not all doctors even in the United States take it, though most do. The truth is that there is no "official" version of the oath and no requirement to take it at all. It's simply something that most doctors take voluntarily and out of long tradition, usually at commencement from medical school.
I've actually seen several different versions. In one case, at a religiously affiliated institution, I refused to take the oath with the graduating doctors because they had manipulated it to the point that I didn't agree with it anymore.
Anyway, I believe (others can correct me) that nurses have a version of the oath they take as well. I'm not sure about other health professionals.