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Appendix V - International Code of Medical Ethics

Duties of Doctors in General

  • A DOCTOR MUST always maintain the highest standards of professional conduct.
  • A DOCTOR MUST practise his profession uninfluenced bymotives of profit.

THE FOLLOWING PRACTICES are deemed unethical :

  • Any self advertisement except such as is expressly authorised by the national code of medical ethics.
  • Collaboration in any form of medical service in which the does not have professional independence.
  • Receiving any money in connection with services rendered to a patient other than a proper professional care, even with the knowledge of the patient.
  • ANY ACT OR ADVICE which could weaken physical or mental resistance of a human being may be used only in his interest.
  • A DOCTOR IS ADVISED to use great caution in divulging discoveries or new techniques of treatment.
  • A DOCTOR SHOULD certify or testify only to that which he has personally verified.

Duties of Doctors to the Sick

  • A DOCTOR MUST always bear in mind the obligation of preserving human life.
  • A DOCTOR OWES to his patient complete loyalty and all the resources of his science. Whenever an examination or treatment is beyond his capacity he should summon another doctor who has the necessary ability. A DOCTOR SHALL preserve absolute secrecy on all he knows about his patients because of the confidence entrusted in him. A DOCTOR MUST give emergency care as a humanitarian duty unless he is assured that others are willing and able to give such care. Duties of Doctors to Each Other

    • A DOCTOR OUGHT to behave to his colleagues as he would have them behaved to him.
    • A DOCTOR MUST NOT entice patients from his colleagues.
    • A DOCTOR MUST OBSERVE the principles of ‘The Declaration of Geneva’ approved by the World Medical Association.
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