Cos declaration 1992
The COS Declaration
We, who work in many different sectors in the fields of medicine and health care, having come together in Greece, on the Asklepieion of Cos, the island of Hippocrates, on October 30th 1992,
conscious of what motivates our commitments and wishing to develop responsible medical practices,
aware of the possible dangers unleashed by political, economic, scientific, and technological powers on our work,
proclaim our determination to make no compromise on the following ethical positions:
In solidarity with the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man, believing in the basic principle of respect due to every human being, we commit ourselves:
Whe also commit ourselves to making our own activities public, including our errors, to the community, on the condition that we do no harm to those who have confided in us.
This declaration was jointly written at the conclusion of the sixth international meeting of the Open School for European Health (EDSE), which was held on the theme of "The possibility of a new Hippocratic Oath: the place of the subject in medical and social practices" in Cos (Greece), from October 25 to 30, 1992.
The meeting took place at the International Hippocratic Foundation of Cos and the accompanying text was read on the Asklepieion on October 30th, 1992.
One hundred and seventy people participated in the discussions. They came from ten countries: Algeria, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Romania and Switzerland.
Given the symbolic significance of the site, the respect inspired by the Hippocratic Oath and its historic nature, heaving in mind also the diversity of the professionals involved, the conference participants chose to publish a statement of principles which would give voice to the problems confronting us today.
In (J. Carpentier & C. Mangin-Lazarus, eds.) Retrouver la médecine. Paris: Synthélabo, Collection Les Empêcheurs de Penser en Rond, 1996, pp.229-231.
Reedited by Marc Jamoulle, 2011
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