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September 11, 1954

DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

JAMA. 1954;156(2):179. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950020085017
Abstract

There is no doubt but that in this difficult period of world turmoil, with its political and social upheaval, there is need for reemphasis on moral and ethical values in all areas of human endeavor. It is comparatively easy to outline the basic principles of ethics in the profession of medicine or, for that matter, in any field of activity where there is general agreement on the fundamentals of correct conduct; however, the development of proper ethical concepts and conduct within the individual demands far more than lectures or the mere reading or discussion of principles. Concepts of right and wrong are developed from early childhood on through preprofessional training. Nevertheless, students learn the application of the ethical principles of their profession from the precept and example of their teachers and practitioners of their profession with whom they come in contact during the formative years of training and early professional

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