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JAMA Revisited
March 22/29, 2016

Medical EthicsMedical Etiquette

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Copyright 2016 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA. 2016;315(12):1291. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.17079

Originally Published March 28, 1966 | JAMA. 1966;19513:1137-- 1138.

The rules of conduct which have been considered to be in the domain of medical etiquette or manners will also open the way for the mutual understanding, the sharing of knowledge, and the fellowship which are traditional with our profession. The physician who does not enjoy the good will of his colleagues can expect to have a lonesome, unhappy professional life and would do well to inspect his manners.

Medical etiquette is almost unknown to many younger physicians because the suggested guidelines for this facet of professional conduct were not labeled as such when the Principles of Medical Ethics was revised in 1957. The Judicial Council has stated that “the 1957 edition of the Principles was not intended to and does not abrogate any ethical principle expressed in the 1955 edition.” The 1957 edition of the Principles succinctly expresses the fundamental ethical concepts embodied in the cumbersome earlier document that had served for 110 years. The essence of every basic principle is preserved. Following sections 1, 4, 5, and 8 of the Principles as published in the Judicial Council Opinions and Reports, 1965, are the opinions relating to medical etiquette.

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