oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Historical Aspects of Medical

Volume 24, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Medical ethics over the last 2 000-3 000 years of development of religion . and civilization should not �be seen by doctors as simply a Godgiven immutable code that has never been changed. Whether indeed there is. a clearly defined code of medical ethics on crucial matters like abortion, artificial insemination, or Iifesupport machines is questionable; but in so far as there is a code, it is the result of very slow social, economic, medical and religious changes over the last 3 000 years.

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