Andreas Frewer, Stephan Kolb, Kerstin Krása (Ed.)
Medizin, Ethik und Menschenrechte
Geschichte – Grundlagen – Praxis
1. Edition 2009
Medizin und Menschenrechte / Medicine and Human Rights -
60 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights many questions still remain open regarding whether the values contained therein can become a universal reality. And for 60 years physicians all over the world have been morally bound by the Declaration of Geneva to exercise their profession in accordance with the laws of humanity. Physicians are crucial to implementing the basic right to health as well as to offering humanitarian aid to the victims of human rights violations. But physicians are also prone to get trapped in conflicts of dual loyalty and to become accomplices to gross violations of those rights.
The new series “Medicine and Human Rights” explores the links between medicine, ethics and human rights in historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives. In its first volume selected issues regarding medical humanitarian work are discussed. Contributions focus on theoretical foundations of human rights as well as on a variety of examples of physicians’ involvement, both nationally and internationally. To underline its status as a sourcebook, the annex contains the most important international documents in the field of medical ethics and human rights.