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JAMA Revisited
May 2, 2017

Do Moral Principles Change?

JAMA. 2017;317(17):1806. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.0647

Originally Published July 21, 1883 | JAMA. 1883;1(2):57.

Are they subject to the Darwinian law of evolution? Has time rendered the declarations of the decalogue obsolete?

We are constrained to ask the foregoing questions by expressions we hear occasionally concerning the National Code of Ethics, by a class of physicians who are properly represented by Dr. S. Pollak, in the preamble and resolutions he offered to the recent meeting of the American Medical Association, and which can be found in the record of proceedings contained in the first number of this Journal. He says:

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