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July 27, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(13):1484-1486. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980130060017

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Following are the revised Principles of Medical Ethics as adopted by the House of Delegates at the 1957 Annual Meeting.—Ed.


Preamble.—  These principles are intended to aid physicians individually and collectively in maintaining a high level of ethical conduct. They are not laws but standards by which a physician may determine the propriety of his conduct in his relationship with patients, with colleagues, with members of allied professions, and with the public.

Section 1.—  The principal objective of the medical profession is to render service to humanity with full respect for the dignity of man. Physicians should merit the confidence of patients entrusted to their care, rendering to each a full measure of service and devotion

Section 2.—  Physicians should strive continually to improve medical knowledge and skill, and should make available to their patients and colleagues the benefits of their professional attainments.

Section 3.— 

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