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Ethics; the third dimension
  1. B J Marais
  1. Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Centre for TB Research and Education (CENTRE), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, PO Box 19063, Tygerberg, 7505, Cape Town, South Africa; bjmarais

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In essence, ethics provide the guidelines for civilised human interaction. It is an evolving concept, but through the ages some accepted ethical principles crystallised. The first crude definition focused on the individual’s responsibility towards his community, prioritising the interests of the community. However, the events preceding the French revolution and the brutality of the two world wars emphasised the need to protect individuals and minority groups …

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