Proceedings of The 2nd International Conference on Research in Social Sciences
An Appraisal on the Evolution of Medicine in Cameroon
Adna Ebude Enang
The study is carried out to determine the evolution of medicine in Cameroon from pre-colonial till date. The specific aim of the study is to determine the extent to which the Cameroonian legislation has evolved within this period in the domain of medicine and health; It equally identifies the laws put in place by the Cameroonian legislature concerning the code of ethics medicine and provide recommendations: The study adopted a quantitative and qualitative method to arrive at our conclusion. The rights of patients have not been neglected equally in the International code of Ethics. This is because the dignity of the human person is at the center of the battle for Human Rights protection. In this configuration, medical practice is no stranger to this pursuit given that some standards must be observed by medical personnel in carrying out their duties. In fact, medical practice has attained a sufficient statute to the extent that principles of law are now relevant to it, notably with issues like dignity of the human person, regulation of medical profession, confidentiality of information between medical practitioners and the patient and consent. The study discovered that medicine has evolved and to an extent the Cameroonian legislature has to keep pace with the evolution of medicine.
Keywords: diseases; ethics; health; legislation; patient.