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January 10, 1903

A Side Light on Ethics.

JAMA. 1903;XL(2):111-112. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490020043013

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Burlington, Iowa, Jan. 5, 1903.

To the Editor:  —During the past year or two I have read in The Journal and other medical publications a good deal about "organization," "ethics" and "reciprocity," and I have even written a few lines on these subjects, which have found their way into print; but I have seen nothing which so completely sums up the whole matter as Dr. Gillmore's letter in your current issue. Until we can get ethical unification—a oneness of purpose individually and collectively—it seems to me useless to talk about organization and reciprocity; and through one thing and another, mostly perhaps as Dr. Gillmore suggests, the absence of emphasis on the golden rule in the teaching course, we seem to be drifting farther and farther from this unification.I do not wholly agree with Dr. Gillmore that commercialism is a basic fault. It may be difficult to harmonize commercialism with

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