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This post courtesy of Anne Taylor-Vaisey: Today I was asked by a national organization to gather together codes of ethics for various health organizations throughout the world. I will share the results of my work on this question, if you are interested. Ironically, I already had the following message waiting in my drafts folder ...

The fifth edition of the American College of Physician's Ethics Manual is published in the April 5 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine:

Snyder L, Leffler C, for the Ethics and Human Rights Committee ACoP. Ethics Manual: Fifth Edition. Ann Intern Med 2005; 142(7):560-582.
Abstract: Medicine, law, and social values are not static. Reexamining the ethical tenets of medical practice and their application in new circumstances is a necessary exercise. The fifth edition of the College's Ethics Manual covers emerging issues in medical ethics and revisits old ones. It reflects on many of the ethical tensions faced by internists and their patients and attempts to shed light on how existing principles extend to emerging concerns. In addition, by reiterating ethical principles that have provided guidance in resolving past ethical problems, the Manual may help physicians avert future problems. The Manual is not a substitute for the experience and integrity! of individual physicians, but it may serve as a reminder of the shared obligations and duties of the medical profession.

*Current and former members of the Ethics and Human Rights Committee who developed this fifth edition of the Manual: William E. Golden, MD (Chair); Harmon H. Davis, II, MD (Vice Chair); David A. Fleming, MD; Susan E. Glennon, MD; Vincent E. Herrin, MD; Virginia L. Hood, MD, MPH; Jay A. Jacobson, MD; Stephen R. Jones, MD; Allen S. Keller, MD; Joanne Lynn, MD; Clement J. McDonald, MD; Paul S. Mueller, MD; Steven Z. Pantilat, MD; David W. Potts, MD; and Daniel P. Sulmasy, OFM, MD, PhD. Approved by the Board of Regents on 17 July 2004.

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