# THE PARCHMENT

“Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” –Potter Stewart

Primum non nocere: “First, do no harm”, is a phrase that has reverberated through generations of graduating doctors and echoes in the multitude of ethical codes and guidelines developed by medical societies in response to the changing times. The four pillars of medical ethics: Respect for Autonomy, Beneficence, Non-maleficence, and Justice have remained constant.

Medical ethics is a gargantuan topic and it’s impossible to cover all that it teaches in one edition. Yet, we have tried to do justice to medical ethics by covering an extensive range of topics. We have discussed an elaborate range of issues that one needs to understand starting from ethics required in the first year of med school till the advanced stages of research and genomics!

Ethics is a dynamic concept that changes with time, trends and societies. Every country has different definition for ethics and variability in the law and order. “ETHINOME” has not only decoded the Indian Genome for ethics but the International one as well.

We would like to thank our wonderful team of authors who have put in their best in writing these stories and articles. We have also tried to provide a neutral overview of these topics, many of which are still hotly debated in courts and societies. Also a shout out to everyone from Lexicon for providing suggestions on topics, creating videos, sharing and participating actively in discussions.

Here is to an ethically great edition and the future of medical ethics.

Sonali Mehta                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ankit Raj

Final year MBBS,                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Final year MBBS

TNMC & BYL Nair Hospital,                                                                                                                                                                                                 Kasturba Medical College

Mumbai                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Manipal