Nothing certain is known of the origin or the use of the Hippocratic Oath
in the ancient world. The first Latin translations appeared in the
12th century. However, the Oath only became part of the European
medical tradition when it was included in the Articella, a popular
compilation of Greek and Arabic medical texts in Latin intended as a handy guide
for the practitioner.
The first printed edition of the Articella appeared about 1476; the
second edition of 1483 was the first to include the Oath. In this 1515 edition
the Hippocratic Oath begins in the middle of folio xvii.