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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 24 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1558

WMA appoints new secretary general

The World Medical Association (WMA) has appointed a 34 year old South African doctor as its next secretary general. Dr Delon Human succeeds Dr Ian Field, who will retire later this year after four years in the post.

At its recent council meeting the association approved a resolution calling on doctors and researchers to abstain from participating in the cloning of human beings until the scientific, ethical, and legal issues have been fully considered by doctors and scientists and any necessary controls put in place.

Calling for a ban on all advertising and sales promotion of tobacco products, except at the point of sale, the WMA council will ask all national medical associations and doctors not to accept funding from the tobacco industry and urge medical schools, research institutions, and researchers to do the same.

The WMA will circulate a declaration on palliative care from the Belgian Medical Association to all national medical associations. The paper refers to excessive medical zeal possibly producing unnecessary suffering in patients who are terminally ill for whom no life saving treatment is envisaged. It …

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