The Medical Council of India: need for a total overhaul

The Medical Council of India (MCI) is modelled on the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom. The latter agency is intended to subserve crucial functions: set the standards of good medical practice it expects of doctors throughout their working lives; assure the quality of undergraduate medical education in the country...

Professional misconduct or criminal negligence: when does the balance tilt?

On September 13, 2013, the Supreme Court absolved Dr Praful Desai, an oncologist, of conviction on the charge of criminal medical negligence in the treatment of one of his patients. This article examines the judgment of the Supreme Court in the light of medical negligence and criminal jurisprudence...

Thimerosal as discrimination: vaccine disparity in the UN Minamata Convention on mercury

When addressing toxins, one unmistakable parallel exists between biology and politics: developing children and developing nations are those most vulnerable to toxic exposures. This disturbing parallel is the subject of this critical review, which examines the use and distribution of the mercury (Hg)-based compound, thimerosal, in vaccines...

Teaching of public health ethics in India: a mapping exercise

Public health practitioners frequently have to confront complex decisions, with numerous and often conflicting ethical implications. The objective of this study was to obtain information on the teaching of public health ethics in India by making a detailed examination of the public health and community...

The Indian Journal of Medical Ethics is peer reviewed and indexed in Medline and other databases.