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April 1, 1974

Medical Ethics and Discipline

Author Affiliations

From the New Mexico Board of Medical Examiners, Santa Fe.

JAMA. 1974;228(1):59-62. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230260033020

The hospitals, organized medicine, and the state licensing boards are the main agencies responsible for enforcement of discipline in the medical profession, thus guarding the public against unethical and incompetent physicians. These agencies have been critically examined in an effort to determine whether or not they are properly performing their functions. Serious deficiencies have been found in all, and the reasons for them analyzed. Suggestions are made for improving the all important self-policing procedures of the medical profession.

(JAMA 228:59-62, 1974)