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The Physician’s Daily Prayer

Attributed to Maimonides, translation and adaptation by Rabbi Simcha Weintraub
Doctor testing heart rate on patient

Almighty God –

You have created the human body with infinite wisdom.

In Your eternal providence,

You have chosen me

to watch over the life and health of Your creatures.

I am now about to apply myself to the duties of my profession.

Support me in these great labors that they may benefit humankind.

For without Your help, not even the least thing will succeed.

Inspire me with love for my art and for Your creatures.

Do not allow thirst for profit, ambition for renown and admiration

to interfere with my profession.

For these are the enemies of truth and can lead me astray

in the great task of attending to the welfare of Your creatures.

Preserve the strength of my body and soul

that they may ever be ready to help

rich and poor, good and bad, enemy as well as friend.

In the sufferer let me see only the human being.

Enlighten my mind that it may recognize what presents itself

and that it may comprehend what is absent or hidden.

Let it not fail to see what is visible

but do not permit it to arrogate to itself

the power to see what cannot be seen

for delicate and indefinite are the bounds

of the great art of caring for the lives and health of Your creatures.

May no strange thoughts divert my attention at the bedside of the sick

or disturb my mind in its silent labors.

Grant that my patients may have confidence in me and in my art

and follow my directions and my counsel.

When those who are wiser than I wish to instruct me

let my soul gratefully follow their guidance

for vast is the extent of our art.

Imbue my soul with gentleness and calmness.

Let me be contented in everything

except the great science of my profession.

Never allow the thought to arise in me

that I have attained sufficient knowledge

but vouchsafe to give me the strength and the ambition

to extend my knowledge.

The art is great,

but the mind of a person is ever-expanding.

I now rise to my calling.

 

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