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Oath Shirt Raises Funds for Scholarship

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The sale of T-shirts bearing Weill Cornell Medical College's recently revised Hippocratic Oath has raised over $1,500 for the Dean's Scholarship Fund.

Barnes & Noble had agreed that the proceeds from shirts sold within a specific period — from September 1, 2007, until December 31, 2007 — would be given back to the Medical College and then donated to the scholarship fund.

Dr. Joseph Fins, chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, helped shape the revised oath in 2005, and requested that any profits from the shirt sales be spent for the benefit of the Medical College students.

The shirt — which bookstore manager Adelino Guimaraes created in conjunction with Dr. Fins and the Office of the Dean — bears the Weill Cornell Medical College logo on the front of a shirt and the words of the Hippocratic Oath on the back.

"I'm delighted that some proceeds from the shirt will go to financial aid for students at Cornell. It is consistent with the mandate to 'instruct those who follow me in the science and the art of medicine,'" Dr. Fins said. "It's a way of putting the oath's words into deeds."

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