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Medical ethics - Definition


Ethics is the science of morals and constitutes a certain number of rules of "good conduct". Medical ethics refers to rules that health professionals are subject to in their daily practice. It involves ethical rules that apply to everyone, the scientific ethical rules, and morals, which are unique for each individual. Medical ethics must allow access to care for all, under optimal conditions for medical care, without any discrimination. Medical confidentiality, or the patient's freedom are part of medical ethics rules. They are codified and monitored by the College of Physicians. A more recent branch of medical ethics is bioethics, which is facing the moral issues raised by some of the recent techniques such as grafting, the use of assisted reproduction, and genetics.