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March 28, 1908

Medical Ethics, A Guide to Professional Conduct.

JAMA. 1908;L(13):1073. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530390071034

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This is a careful consideration of what might be termed applied ethics as distinguished from the enunciation of general principles found in the formal Principles of Ethics adopted by medical organizations. Few physicians would be inclined to question these general principles; the difficulty, especially to younger practitioners, lies in their application. This difficulty Dr. Saundby has met in an effective and interesting manner, elaborating and commenting on the recognized principles of ethics and illustrating his opinions and rulings with cases drawn from actual experience. In the introduction, he states that there are three principles which may be regarded as the cornerstones of medical ethics. These are: The Golden Rule, which should be observed by a physician in his conduct to his colleagues; the rule for the government of his relations to his patients, that their interests should ever be his highest consideration; and, in his relations to the state, the

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