Lois Snyder Sulmasy, JD; Thomas A. Bledsoe, MD; for the ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee *
Acknowledgment: The College and the ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee thank former Committee members who made contributions to the development of the Manual through their work on previous editions. They also thank the many leadership, journal, and other reviewers of this edition of the Manual for helpful comments on drafts; Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD, for consulting and research assistance with the research chapter of the Manual, for which contributions he received compensation; and staff to the Committee from the ACP Center for Ethics and Professionalism, Daniel T. Kim, Lois Snyder Sulmasy, and Kathy Wynkoop, who worked on this edition.
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Editors' Disclosures: Christine Laine, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, reports that her spouse has stock options/holdings with Targeted Diagnostics and Therapeutics. Darren B. Taichman, MD, PhD, Executive Editor, reports that he has no financial relationships or interests to disclose. Cynthia D. Mulrow, MD, MSc, Senior Deputy Editor, reports that she has no relationships or interests to disclose. Deborah Cotton, MD, MPH, Deputy Editor, reports that she has no financial relationships or interest to disclose. Jaya K. Rao, MD, MHS, Deputy Editor, reports that she has stock holdings/options in Eli Lilly and Pfizer. Sankey V. Williams, MD, Deputy Editor, reports that he has no financial relationships or interests to disclose. Catharine B. Stack, PhD, MS, Deputy Editor for Statistics, reports that she has stock holdings in Proctor & Gamble, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson.
Corresponding Author: Lois Snyder Sulmasy, JD, American College of Physicians, Center for Ethics and Professionalism, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106; e-mail, email@example.com.
Current Author Addresses: Ms. Snyder Sulmasy: Center for Ethics and Professionalism, American College of Physicians, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Bledsoe: Alpert Medical School, Brown University, 375 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, RI 02915.
Author Contributions: Analysis and interpretation of the data: L.S. Sulmasy.
Drafting of the article: L.S. Sulmasy, T.A. Bledsoe.
Critical revision for important intellectual content: T.A. Bledsoe.
Final approval of the article: L.S. Sulmasy, T.A. Bledsoe.
Collection and assembly of data: L.S. Sulmasy.
Medicine, law, and social values are not static. Reexamining the ethical tenets of medicine and their application in new circumstances is a necessary exercise. The seventh edition of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Ethics Manual covers emerging issues in medical ethics and revisits older ones that are still very pertinent. It reflects on many of the ethical tensions in medicine and attempts to shed light on how existing principles extend to emerging concerns. In addition, by reiterating ethical principles that have provided guidance in resolving past ethical problems, the Manual may help physicians avert future problems. The Manual is not a substitute for the experience and integrity of individual physicians, but it may serve as a reminder of the shared duties of the medical profession.
Sulmasy LS, Bledsoe TA, for the ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee. American College of Physicians Ethics Manual: Seventh Edition. Ann Intern Med. 2019;170:S1–S32. doi: 10.7326/M18-2160
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