114th German Medical Congress: Objective, disciplined, serious

Before the 114th German Medical Congress began in Kiel, critical question was posed by man from the business world:" Why creates isn't it the medical profession to settle the succession of their president in good time and by mutual agreement? ”The question was not entirely without justification, as she was concerned that after the election the new captain might find deeply divided team. Even if the election campaign of five candidates may have left one or the other scar, this fear did not arise after the democratic decision of the German Medical Association. In any case, there were no great differences in the matter. With Dr. med. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, the new President of the German Medical Association, also want and will work well together with those representatives of medical associations and organizations who were reserved towards him before the election. Montgomery has the best prerequisites to be an internally and externally convincing President of the German Medical Association. The new management team received unanimous praise in Kiel. The broad support to which Dr. med. Martina Wenker and Dr. med. Max Kaplan, the new Vice Presidents, is reflected in their excellent election results. The other board members Rudolf Henke and Dr. med. Ellen Lundershausen have the support of the medical profession.

Kiel stands for doctors' day that was characterized by open, factual and disciplined discussion, especially on the complex medical ethical issues. This finding by the host chamber president Dr. med. Franz Bartmann should all delegates and guests agree. After serious debate, the German Medical Association voted by large majority for approval of pre-implantation diagnosis (PGD) within narrow limits. It should only be accessible to couples whose children are at high risk of known family history and serious genetic disease. The trade-off between striving to help affected couples and the concern that this would open the door to selection of "faultless" human life was not made lightly by the Doctors' Association, but after hearing all arguments. This is another reason why the German Medical Association would be the right institution to develop guidelines for the use of PGD if it were to be approved by the legislature.

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Heinz Stüwe Editor-in-Chief

Before the 114th German Medical Congress began in Kiel, critical question was posed by man from the business world:" Why creates isn't it the medical profession to settle the succession of their president in good time and by mutual agreement? ”The question was not entirely without justification, as she was concerned that after the election the new captain might find deeply divided team. Even if the election campaign of five candidates may have left one or the other scar, this fear did not arise after the democratic decision of the German Medical Association. In any case, there were no great differences in the matter. With Dr. med. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, the new President of the German Medical Association, also want and will work well together with those representatives of medical associations and organizations who were reserved towards him before the election. Montgomery has the best prerequisites to be an internally and externally convincing President of the German Medical Association. The new management team received unanimous praise in Kiel. The broad support to which Dr. med. Martina Wenker and Dr. med. Max Kaplan, the new Vice Presidents, is reflected in their excellent election results. The other board members Rudolf Henke and Dr. med. Ellen Lundershausen have the support of the medical profession.

Kiel stands for doctors' day that was characterized by open, factual and disciplined discussion, especially on the complex medical ethical issues. This finding by the host chamber president Dr. med. Franz Bartmann should all delegates and guests agree. After serious debate, the German Medical Association voted by large majority for approval of pre-implantation diagnosis (PGD) within narrow limits. It should only be accessible to couples whose children are at high risk of known family history and serious genetic disease. The trade-off between striving to help affected couples and the concern that this would open the door to selection of "faultless" human life was not made lightly by the Doctors' Association, but after hearing all arguments. This is another reason why the German Medical Association would be the right institution to develop guidelines for the use of PGD if it were to be approved by the legislature.

With its vote in favor of an information and self-determination solution with an obligation to explain, the Doctors' Day has the lively debate about changes to transplant law already influenced.He showed path that lies between the current consent solution and the contradiction solution. The ban on assisted suicide, which was first anchored in the professional code, is also important beyond the day. The medical profession is thus putting provisional end to the intense discussion of the past few months. There was also remarkable debate about this at the Doctors 'Day, which was characterized by respect and mutual listening.

The level of such discussions, which are summarized in this issue, is what makes the German Doctors' Day so special. After all, the medical profession's right to regulate the ethical norms of professional practice and the content of medical qualifications itself gives rise to responsibility. The medical profession is aware of this - as Kiel has shown.

Heinz Stüwe Editor-in-Chief

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