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January 3, 1903

A Side Light on Ethics.

JAMA. 1903;XL(1):43-45. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490010051012

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To the Editor:  —Apropos of the Code of Medical Ethics recently published in The Journal, it has occurred to me that we are very foolishly shutting our eyes and closing our ears to the low standard of ethics practiced by the medical profession in America to-day. This is an age of commercialism. It has planted itself as firmly in the profession of medicine as in the department stores. This commercialism is a menace to the high standing of our medical men; it handicaps the good we might do for humanity; the reform we might accomplish; the respect we might command. Year by year the standard of ethics and ideals is lowered. At present we stand almost at the head of the list, in the eyes of the world, of professional jealousies. The musician and the medical man rank side by side in their bickering and in their enviousness. Newspaper men

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