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February 25, 1893

The Code of Ethics.

Author Affiliations

Columbia, S. C.

JAMA. 1893;XX(8):218. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420350024003

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To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association  For more than forty years the writer, from frequent perusal and constant familiarity with the "Code of Ethics" as originated by Percival and amended by the American Medical Association, has been led to regard it as the embodiment of the wisdom of the profession touching their relations to themselves and to their fellowmen; and he cannot but feel profound misgivings at the proposition now under discussion to abolish that time-honored instrument and to substitute therefore a so-called modernized code, adapted. it is alleged, to the assured needs of the profession, and conformed to the requirements of precision and brevity. Conciseness in a rule of action for the guidance and government of the busy multitude is a desideratum to be had at any cost short of obscurity,and this is especially true when the law is upheld by the authority of

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