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    UNDERSTANDING PROFESSIONAL CODES

    Professional codes of conducts are benchmark for professionals in the course of their duty which tends to be universal. Applying this codes to specific cases is tricky. Hippocratic Oath, for example, require doctors to work only “for the benefit of sick.” But often what is the benefit or best interest of the sick person (lying to her family? Keeping him alive but immobilized on life support?) is the question we need to answer. Medical professionals must put their patient’s health above all the other goals, including the professional’s own enjoyments or income and even sometimes personal safety. Professional codes are often conflicting. For instance, the journalists’ codes requires both telling…