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Revista Brasileira de Saúde Materno Infantil

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RAMOS, João Pereira. The conflict of duties of the occupational health physician in Brazil. Rev. Bras. Saude Mater. Infant. [online]. 2010, vol.10, suppl.2, pp. s369-s375. ISSN 1519-3829.

The article reflects on the ethics and bioethics of the work of the occupational health physician. Whatever branch of medicine, the work involves health, sickness and patients, and collective and individual analyses. It is the role of the physician to work on occupational health in the workplace. Occupational medicine exists because health is an indispensible civil right. Companies thus hire doctors to take care of the health of their employees, primarily so as not to infringe existing laws and, secondarily, to increase their profit by expanding production and the work of healthy individuals. This involves conflicts between the duties of the physician and the interests of the company. The physician, however, in this peculiar situation, should abide by ethical and bioethical principles.

Palabras clave : Bioethics; Occupational medicine; Conflict; Occupational health.

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