Physicians are subject to the code of ethics of physicians in accordance with Decree No. 83-166 of 12 April 1983 relating thereto. Exception is made of military doctors who are officers subject to the general status of the military and to the rules of ethics specific to the practitioners of the armies.
General duties of the doctor
Duties of the physician towards the patient
Duties of the physician in social medicine
Duties of Confraternity
Duties of physicians to members of paramedical professions and medical auxiliaries
Obligations of officials
Specific obligations of public health officials.
OATH OF HIPPOCRATE
This is the oath traditionally lent by doctors before beginning to exercise. It can be regarded as the basic principle of medical practice, since it establishes an ethical framework for the intervention of the physician, without, however, having precisely the slightest legal value. Its main purpose is to mark the transition from student to doctor status.
DECLARATION BY GENEVA
AT THE TIME OF BEING ADMITTED AS A MEMBER OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION:
I TAKE THE SOLENNAL COMMITMENT to devote my life to the service of humanity;
I will testify to my masters the respect and gratitude due to them;
I will EXERCISE my profession with conscience and dignity;
I will consider the health of my patient as my first concern;
I WILL RESPECT the secrets that will be entrusted to me, even after the patient’s death;
I will MAINTAIN, to the best of my ability, the honor and noble traditions of the medical profession;
MY COLLEAGUES will be my brothers;
I will not allow that considerations of religion, nation, race, party or social class interfere between my duty and my patient;
I will KEEP absolute respect for human life from its inception, even under threat, and will not use my medical knowledge against the laws of humanity;
I DO THESE PROMISES solemnly, freely, on honor. ”
This modern oath is inspired by the original text and was adopted by the Second General Assembly of the World Medical Association in Geneva in 1948.