The Declaration of Helsinki and public health

Bull World Health Organ. 2008 Aug;86(8):650-2. doi: 10.2471/blt.08.050955.


This section looks back on a ground-breaking contribution to public health, reproduces an extract of the original text and adds a commentary on its significance from a modern perspective. To complement the theme of this month’s issue, John R Williams looks at the Declaration of Helsinki and how it has evolved over time. The original declaration is reproduced here in full with permission of the World Medical Association.

MeSH terms

  • Helsinki Declaration*
  • Human Experimentation / ethics*
  • Humans
  • Patient Selection / ethics
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Public Health / ethics*
  • Social Responsibility