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December 24, 1949

INTERNATIONAL CODE OF ETHICS

Author Affiliations

United States Representative, Executive Board, World Health Organization.

JAMA. 1949;141(17):1260. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910170062021

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Abstract

To the Editor: —  In the article entitled "Third General Assembly of World Medical Association," in The Journal, November 12, page 782, there is the statement: "The World Health Organization is reported to be also considering the preparation of an international code" (of ethics). There is apparently some misunderstanding, which I am anxious to clarify.This matter was referred to the fourth session of the executive board of the World Health Organization in July 1949 by the League of Red Cross Societies on the basis of a resolution adopted April 8, 1949 by the Academie Nationale de Medecine of France. After discussing the matter, the executive board adopted the following resolution:"The executive board"Takes Note of the resolution on the establishment of an international code of deontology adopted by the Academie Nationale de Medecine of France,"Learns with satisfaction that the question is being studied by the World Medical

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