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June 27, 1896

Origin of Our Code of Medical Ethics.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(26):1276. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430780028011

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Abstract

New York City, June 17, 1896.

To the Editor:  —Dr. Robert T. Morris of New York City, a member of the American Medical Association tells me that I can get a copy of the ethical code by preferring the request to you. If the Journal can do me this favor I should esteem it a great kindness.And may I ask the further favor of a reference to some history of origins of the ethical code? The high standard of honor, and disinterested spirit, and devotion to mankind that animates physicians has always excited not only my admiration, but my curiosity as to where it came from. A profession is a means of livelihood, but their principles of honor are constantly in the way of doctors making money. It is as if the profession in early days had been a religious order. Knowing this now to have been the case

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