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IMED2003 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Primum Non NocerePremium

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Integrated Medical Sciences
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Kellie Bennett
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IMED2003: Revision 12 Notes
Ethics and Morality
Moral principles that govern a person's behaviour or the conducting of an
concerned with or derived from the code of behaviour that is considered
right or acceptable in a particular society
Founded on the fundamental principles of right conduct rather than
on legalities, enactment, or custom!!
Distinguishes between intentions, decisions, and actions as proper
and those that are improper
Can derive from a particular philosophy, religion, or culture
OR from a standard that a person believes should be
Relationship Between Ethics and Law
1. Ethics does not exist outside the law
Society needs and prevailing laws define ethical behaviour
Informed by the law, society, and the prevailing culture.
There are ethical requirements that are not necessarily required by law
But what is ethical can never conflict with what is legally required.
2. Ethics exists entirely outside of the law
Is a matter of personal conscience.
Because ethics grows from within social practices:
There is usually correspondence between ethics and the law
Where there is conflict, the ethical viewpoint must always prevail.
Ethics and Law ISSUES
Ethics is strongly influenced by a country’s laws and culture
The relationship between ethics, law, culture and society is unclear
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