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February 15, 1890

RESPONSIBILITY IN JOURNALISM.

JAMA. 1890;XIV(7):240. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410070024004

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Abstract

Medical journals and medical societies, generally take pains to announce that they do not hold themselves responsible for the expressed opinions of their contributors and members; nevertheless there are bounds of propriety, dignity and morality which they cannot transcend without violating duties which they owe to themselves, to the profession and to the general public. When these duties are disregarded the offenders become powerful agents for the dissemination of pernicious influence. It is not sufficient to disclaim responsibility for individual expressions when these expressions are positively derogatory to the character of the journals or societies which give them publicity. The public makes no fine discriminations, and an unworthy utterance borrowing a guise of respectability from its associations goes forth with the bravest appearance of virtue and integrity to delude the thoughtless and unwary.

These remarks are suggested by the perusal of an article which appeared in the September number of

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