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July 27, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(13):1482. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980130058014

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In June, at its Annual Meeting in New York, the House of Delegates adopted a revision of the Principles of Medical Ethics. In contrast with previous editions of the Principles, which contained from 43 to 48 sections, the present edition consists of a preamble and 10 sections. According to the Council on Constitution and Bylaws, which drafted the new Principles, the present version "eliminates superfluous wording and matters of medical etiquette but retains all matters of ethics found in [the 1955 edition of the] Principles." These Principles are reproduced on page 1484 of this issue of The Journal.

The Judicial Council is preparing a compilation of its interpretations of the Principles of Medical Ethics issued since the turn of the century, as well as an abstract of the compilations for more general distribution. It is hoped that these documents will serve to preserve, under the 1957 Principles, the traditional ethical

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