Declaration of Geneva (1948).

At the time of being admitted as a Member of the Medical Profession I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity.

I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due.
I will practise my profession with conscience and dignity.

The health of my patient will be my first consideration:

I will respect the secrets which are confided in me.
I will maintain by all the means in my power the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession.
My colleagues will be my brothers.
I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, party politics or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient
I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from the time of conception; even under threat, I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity.
I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honour.

Duties of doctors in general:

A doctor must always maintain the highest standards of professional conduct.
A doctor must practise his profession uninfluenced by motives of profit.

The following practices are deemed unethical:

Any self-advertisement except such as is expressly authorized by the national code of medical ethics.
Collaborate in any form of medical service in which the doctor does not have professional independence.
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 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 or treatment.
I doctor should certify of 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 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.

- Клятва Гиппократа.

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