oa South African Medical Journal - Medical ethics and human rights in wartime : guest editorial

Volume 105, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The ethical obligations of physicians to respect and protect the human rights of all people are well articulated in international medical ethics statements. For example, the World Medical Association (WMA)'s Declaration of Geneva (1948) obligates physicians to swear that 'I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity.'

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