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April 16, 1927


Author Affiliations

Associate in Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital NEW YORK

JAMA. 1927;88(16):1222-1227. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680420012006

Conduct is defined as the way in which a person acts or lives; the doings or deeds of a person collectively considered. Behavior is conduct in its external relations to life. There is inherent in the term conduct the idea of personality and moral responsibility.

Conduct is an energy phenomenon. It is dynamic and is the sum total of the reactions of an organism in and through living. Not all the elements of conduct are visible at any one time. It floats on the sea of life like an iceberg, with the greatest bulk and the most dangerous portions of it submerged below the surface. Thus interpreted, conduct is the resultant of numerous forces arising from the interaction of internal and external factors; it is a changeable current based on the ratio of forces inherent in the biologic constitution of man and the counter resistances of the social world in

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