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May 27, 1893

Code of Ethics.

JAMA. 1893;XX(21):590. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420480016008

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To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association: 

Dear Sir:  —I like the tone in which Dr. Edward Jackson presents his objections to the Code of Ethics of the American Medical Association, but I do not see the force of his objections. What I have to say on this subject I do not wish to be considered as applicable to him.His line of reasoning, however, would apply to all moral codes, written or understood. It is true that we all know of cases where members of this Association, and of our local societies have violated that part which forbids regular physicians to consult with quacks and irregulars, and we are as familiar with similar or even grosser violations of the moral law by members of society and of churches, which certainly do not warrant abandonment of all standards of morals. As in one case so in

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