Facing Controversy: Struggling with Capital Punishment in North Carolina

Circa 1979: Copy of Hippocratic Oath (detail)

The Hippocratic Oath is an oath traditionally taken by physicians pertaining to the ethical practice of medicine. The "first, do no harm" principle outlined in the Hippocratic Oath has long been used by opponents of capital punishment to argue that a physician can not ethically be involved with an execution. This copy of the Hippocratic Oath comes from an information packet published in May 1979 by the Prison and Jail Project of North Carolina.

(Image from the Records of the Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons, #4655, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Circa 1979: Copy of Hippocratic Oath (detail)

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