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p. 11. Origins and legacieslocked

  • Charles Foster

Abstract

‘Origins and legacies’ outlines the background of medical law. Until World War II the Hippocratic Oath had been the law regulating the medical profession for two and a half millennia. The work of Mengele as part of the Nazi regime proved that this set of ethics and form of self-regulation was not enough and this led to the Declaration of Geneva, 1947, and the World Medical Association's international code of medical ethics, 1949. The burgeoning field of academic medical law is then discussed and the complex relationship between medical law and medical ethics is also considered.

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