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March 26, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(13):396. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411170019004

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The Code of Ethics.  —It is in great form now-a-days in certain communities, with both physicians and laymen, to decry the code of ethics of the American Medical Association, which is the foundation for the codes of local medical societies. We believe that this is a mistake. We regard the code as an embodiment of the moral law, as it bears upon our duty to ourself and to our neighbor; or, to express it otherwise, of the highest and most practical business principles. We believe that it would be endorsed by any great merchant of high principle.The public has fallen into the error of believing that the code of ethics usurps the authority of the moral law in the estimation of the physician.We regard it simply as an expression of the most enlightened medical thought and experience; an aid to a proper solution of the very difficult problems

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