The Medical Code of Ethics

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 and life of my patient will be my first consideration; I will respect the secrets which are confided in me; I will maintain by all 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 its 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 ...........

The above text was agreed at The Second General Assembly of the World Medical Association in 1948.