Commemorating its 175th anniversary, this new edition of the American Medical Association (AMA) Code of Medical Ethics (AMA Code) has undergone another comprehensive update. Much has changed in medicine and society since the AMA Code was created 175 years ago, and the AMA Code has changed as well. The Annotations, an important research and reference tool, in the AMA Code has been significantly updated to include more up-to-date and relevant cases, as well as the removal of outdated cases. To celebrate its 175th anniversary, this new edition of the AMA Code also includes artwork and poetry and literary excerpts all selected to reflect our society and to highlight the importance of diversity and equity to reflect the AMA’s mission to promote the art of medicine and its ethos of putting patients first. The only national code of ethics for all physicians, the AMA Code articulates the core values and ethical responsibilities of physicians who are charged with curing the sick when possible and comforting the dying. Hence, its wide recognition as the most authoritative guide for physicians who strive to practice ethically. This modernized and updated edition of the AMA Code breathes new energy into this living document, while staying true to what it means to be a good physician. The AMA Code is grounded in the nine Principles of Medical Ethics, which are the standards of conduct that define the essentials of ethical behavior for physicians. While the AMA Code provides essential guidance for professional conduct for physicians, it is also regularly cited as the medical profession authoritative voice in legal opinions, journal articles and media outlets. It is an indispensable resource that deserves to be in every physician office, medical library, hospital, and place where the public health is promoted. This book includes: Updated and increased number of case annotations, offering synopsis of facts and legal issues. focusing on the court reference to the AMA Code Principle(s) or Opinion(s) and the role it played in their decisions. Intuitive topical chapter structure makes finding pertinent ethical guidance easy. A uniform format that improves the readability and application of specific guidance. Consolidation of previously disparate guidance on related topics that streamlines the AMA Code. Use of accepted definitions and consistent terminology that minimize misinterpretation of guidance. Inclusion of a new preface to clarify the different levels of ethical obligation in the offered guidance.
Since 1847, the AMA Code of Medical Ethics has set out the ethical commitments that define medicine as a profession. Through the Principles of Medical Ethics and Opinions of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs that interpret them, the AMA Code provides timely, practical ethics guidance for physicians across the profession, regardless of specialty. The American Medical Association (AMA) is the physician powerful ally in patient care. Our efforts focus on four critical areas: representing physicians with a unified voice, removing obstacles that interfere with patient care, leading the charge in confronting public health crises and driving the future of medicine. For more information on the AMA, please visit ama-assn.org. For more than 50 years, the AMA has used its knowledge and resources to produce products and services for the health care industry that generate business efficiencies and empower physicians to provide high-quality care. The AMA product line includes titles on CPT, HCPCS and ICD-10 coding; reimbursement; practice management and Guides® Impairment. For more information on all AMA products, visit ama-assn.org/catalog.
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