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September 22, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(12):754-755. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460380032006

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The relations that exist betwen the physician and the druggist to whom he sends his patients for prescriptions, find a parallel in the ophthalmic surgeon who directs his clients to a particular optician. The same ethical code that regulates, or should govern, the doctor and his patient equally applies to the oculist and his patient. It seems necessary to add, moreover, that the laws of the codex, to be effective, should be based on the experience of years and should stand the application of common sense. It is not enough that the professional man should accept the code of ethics as he might any other authority; it is not sufficient that these rules should be simply organic with him, as the result of their reiteration since he began the study of medicine, because he must often furnish to lay persons good and sufficient reasons; for such action, based upon them,

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