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September 10, 1938

ETHICS OF AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION GOVERNING SIMULTANEOUS PRACTICE OF MEDICINE AND LAW

JAMA. 1938;111(11):1022. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790370042013
Abstract

The Committee on Professional Ethics of the American Bar Association in a recent opinion1 holds that a person legally authorized to practice law and medicine may practice the two simultaneously without violating the canons of professional ethics of that association but that he must recognize in every case the particular capacity in which he is acting. In a previous opinion2 the committee held unethical a statement on a lawyer's letterhead announcing that he was a specialist in "medical-legal" law.

In its recent opinion the committee says that a person practicing law and medicine simultaneously offends against the canons of professional ethics if in correspondence connected with his practice of either profession he uses a letterhead that contains the two appellations "attorney at law" and "doctor of medicine" or shows that he has the degrees of LL.B. and M.D. or contains the phrase "medical jurisprudence." In fact, in the

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