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July 22, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(4):133. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420560029004

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"If you would wish another to keep your secret, first keep it yourself." —Seneca.

The recent indisposition of the President of the United States has been made the occasion for a renewed attack by some influential members of the daily press upon the Code of Ethics. When these complaints are examined they are reduced to a single charge, namely, that Dr. Joseph D. Bryant, Surgeon-General of the National Guard of New York, who is at present the physician of President Cleveland, refused to give a detailed statement of the nature of the President's illness to the reporters who flocked to the Gray Gables cottage in great numbers. The voice in refusal was Dr. Bryant's, but the real culprit, they say, was the poor old Code of Ethics, and so the changes have been rung by one newspaper and another until the code of their imagination has not a morsel

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