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April 14, 1894

In Favor of the Old Code.

JAMA. 1894;XXII(15):558. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420940034010

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To the Editor:  —If there were any argument required to prove that the Code as it now stands is a masterpiece in dignified statement of what constitutes professional conduct, that argument in most convincing power would be furnished by placing the alleged "old," "obsolete," Code side by side with the productions of the would-be revisers of it.The Code has been sneered at as a meaningless wordy-make-up hundreds of times, and yet somehow, notwithstanding that it is meaningless, just as soon as a man does an unprofessional thing the old Code tells him of it. The Code appeals to the highest principles in man. Anything which antagonizes the Code is something which is of a lower order than the highest principles in man. Mr. Editor, there are a great many men in the world who enjoy being members of an honorable profession, and who never do anything toward maintaining the

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