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The physician charter on medical professionalism: a Jewish ethical perspective
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  1. A B Jotkowitz,
  2. S Glick
  1. Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
  1. Correspondence to:
 A B Jotkowitz
 MD, The Lord Immanuel Jakobovits Center for Jewish Medical Ethics, POB 653, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel; ajotkowitzhotmail.com

Abstract

The physician charter on medical professionalism creates standards of ethical behaviour for physicians and has been endorsed by professional organisations worldwide. It is based on the cardinal principles of the primacy of patient welfare, patient autonomy, and social welfare. There has been little discussion in the bioethics community of the doctrine of the charter and none from a Jewish ethical perspective. In this essay the authors discuss the obligations of the charter from a Jewish ethical viewpoint and call on other cultures to develop their own unique perspectives on this important document.

  • Jewish medical ethics
  • professionalism

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