Læknablaðið : fylgirit - 01.09.1977, Blaðsíða 13

Læknablaðið : fylgirit - 01.09.1977, Blaðsíða 13
INTERNATIONAL CODE OF MEDICAL ETHICS Adopted by the Third General Assembly of The World Medical Association, London,England, October 1949. DUTIES OF DOCTORS IN GENERAL A doctor must always maintain the highest standards of profess- ional conduct. A doctor must practice his profession uninfluenced by motives of profit. The following practices are deemed unethical: a) Any self advertisment except such as is expressly authorized by the national code of medical ethics. b) Collaborate in any form of medical service in which the doctor does not have professional independence. c) Receiving any money in connection with services rendered to a patient other than a proper professional fee, even with the knowledge of the patient. Any act, or advice which could weaken physical or mental resist- ance 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 nis scienct. Whenevei an examination or treatment is beyond his capacity he should summon another doctor who has the necess- ary ability. A doctor shall preserve absolute secrecy on all he knows about his patient 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 behave 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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