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The Neurologist’s Oath

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 January 2019

Donald F. Weaver*
Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaM5T 2S8
Correspondence to: Donald F. Weaver, Krembil Research Institute, Toronto Western Hospital, 4th Floor, Room 4DD477, 60 Leonard Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 2S8. Email:
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Copyright © 2019 The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences Inc. 

I dedicate my working life:
To diagnose and treat the strife,
Disease of brain inflicts on life.
To stand on shoulders of forebears,
Upon whose stance, we build, advance,
From bench, to bed, to humankind,
The cures, the cares, brain research bears.
To learn, and hold in awe, the brain,
A lifelong quest that’s ne’er in vain;
The neural riddles to be solved:
From memory to consciousness;
Complex, unique, brain makes us, us.
To listen, question, undeterred,
With thought and focus undisturbed,
With reflex hammer, knowledge, skill,
With eyes that seek the subtleties,
Dementia, stroke, neuropathies.
To comprehend, to cure, to care,
Regardless of: faith, age or race,
Each human life with hopes and loves,
Each breath entrusted to my care.
To help, to heal, disease of brain,
With scientific hand humane,
Explore, explain, our human brain.


DFW acknowledges salary support from a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair.


DFW has nothing to disclose.

Statement of Authorship

DFW is the sole author of this submission. He conceived it, and wrote it in full.