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November 28, 2017

The Revised Declaration of Geneva: A Modern-Day Physician’s Pledge

Author Affiliations
  • 1German Medical Association, Berlin, Germany
  • 2Chair of the World Medical Association Declaration of Geneva Workgroup; member of the WMA Medical Ethics Committee; and member of the WMA Council
JAMA. 2017;318(20):1971-1972. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.16230

A newly revised version of the Declaration of Geneva was adopted by the World Medical Association (WMA) General Assembly on October 14, 2017, in Chicago.

As the contemporary successor to the 2500-year-old Hippocratic Oath, the Declaration of Geneva, which was adopted by the World Medical Association (WMA) at its second General Assembly in 1948,1 outlines in concise terms the professional duties of physicians and affirms the ethical principles of the global medical profession. The current version of the Declaration, which had to this point been amended only minimally in the nearly 70 years since its adoption, addresses a number of key ethical parameters relating to the patient-physician relationship, medical confidentiality, respect for teachers and colleagues, and other issues. A newly revised version adopted by the WMA General Assembly on October 14, 2017, includes several important changes and additions (Supplement).

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