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May 6, 1893

Revision of the Code of Ethics.

JAMA. 1893;XX(18):509-510. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420450017003

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To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association: 

Dear Sir:  The Journal of April 22 contains a letter typical of the views of those who desire the abrogation of the Code of Ethics. It would be a waste of time to further review the specious pleadings of the pseudo reformers whose propositions tend so clearly to retrogression and to immoral practices of many kinds. It suffices to say that no better evidence that the Code does not need revision could have been adduced than by the letter in question. That there is great need of the stringent but wise provisions in such cases as advertising, of patenting appliances, etc., by physicians is rendered more evident from the condemnation of the related sections by those who wish to violate the Code, and who, for this purpose, demand the sanction of the profession.The frequent assertions by dissenters

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