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—Perhaps no one act connected with the doings of the American Medical Association has heen more misrepresented, and consequently misunderstood, both by individuals and a large part of the medical press, than that which consisted in the insertion in the blank forms provided by the Permanent Secretary or the Registration Committee at the recent meeting in Cleveland, of a line by which the signer of the blank thereby endorsed the constitution and Code of Ethics of the Association. By some it was regarded as a mere trick, by which to gain fresh endorsement of the National Code of Ethics. By those who had any leaning toward the so-called New York Code, it was indignantly denounced as having been inserted without authority; while the newspaper reporters, and a large majority of the members of the profession present, readily assumed that the new line in the blank to be filled and signed
Signing the Constitution, By-Laws, and Code of Ethics of the American Medical Association. JAMA. 1884;II(3):70–71. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390280014003
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