First, do no harm

Lynton G F Giles
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11172
Published online: 17 March 2014

To the Editor: Maintenance and improvement of physical and mental health should be based on the principle of primum non nocere, meaning “first, do no harm”.

  • School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD.


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