Medical Ethics Manual

Manual for physicians about the role of ethics in medicine

Since its official launch in January 2005, the WMA Medical Ethics Manual has been distributed to medical journals and medical schools throughout the world. The following translations have been completed:

  • English (WMA)
  • French (WMA)
  • Spanish (WMA)
  • Macedonian (Macedonian Medical Association)
  • Albanian (Macedonian Medical Association)
  • Traditional Chinese (Taiwan Medical Association)
  • Korean (Korean Medical Association)
  • Indonesian (Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta)
  • German (German Medical Association)
  • Arabic (Prof. Mohamed Salah Ben Ammar, University of Tunis Faculty of Medicine)
  • Turkish (Turkish Medical Association)
  • Russian (Russian Medical Society)
  • Bulgarian (Bulgarian Medical Association)
  • Japanese (Japan Medical Association)
  • Estonian (Estonian Medical Association)
  • Georgian (Georgian Medical Association)
  • Slovak (Slovak Medical Association)
  • Lithuanian (Lithuanian Medical Association)
  • Latvian (Latvian Medical Association)
  • Persian (Urmia University of Medical Sciences)
  • Ukrainian (Ukrainian Medical Association)
  • Polish (Polish Chamber of Physicians and Dentists)
  • Slovenian (Prof.Dr. Matjaz Zwitter, Head of Department of Medical Ethics and Law, Medical Faculty, University of Maribor)

Announcements of other completed translations will be made on this section of the WMA website.

The WMA is very interested in hearing the reactions of readers to the Manual. Whether you are a practicing physician, a medical student or a teacher of medical ethics, please let us know by email, regular mail or fax whether the Manual in its present form meets your needs and how you think it can be improved in future editions. In addition, we would like to know whether you see a need for additional ethics resources from the WMA, and if so, on what topics.

Table of contents (3rd edition 2015) Section Name Download
Intro Acknowledgments
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Chapter One Principal Features of Medical Ethics
Chapter Two Physicians and Patients
Chapter Three Physicians and Society
Chapter Four Physicians and Colleagues
Chapter Five Medical Research
Chapter Six Conclusion
Appendix Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E