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August 7, 1943

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JAMA. 1943;122(15):1017-1018. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840320035012

BOSTON MEDICAL POLICE  In 1808 the Boston Medical Association adopted a code of Medical Police1 which its standing committee had been instructed to prepare. This code was based on the ethical teachings of Gregory, Rush and Percival, with changes and additional matter to meet better the conditions in Boston at that time. The subjects covered are consultations, interferences, differences of physicians, discouragement of quackery, conduct for the support of the medical character, fees, exemption from charges, vicarious offices and seniority. Physicians in consultation "should divest themselves of all partialities and think of nothing but what will most effectively contribute to the relief of those under their care." By "interferences" is meant meddling inquiries and hints or other selfish conduct of any kind by physicians that might tend to weaken the confidence of the patient in his physician. The practice of medicine should be founded on qualification, not on artifice