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May 6, 1893

Revision of the Code of Ethics.

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JAMA. 1893;XX(18):510. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420450017005

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

Dear Sir:  —The "Code" question is admirably epitomized in two letters published in The Journal of April 22.A correspondent writing from San José, Cal., with evident sincerity advances in effect the following argument: "The Code is daily violated by men apparently respectable; therefore, the Code should be repealed."In this benighted commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Mr. Editor, when, not long ago, men high in political station and prominent in the church were found to be guilty of forgery and embezzlement, we did not either strike out the eighth commandment from our copies of the decalogue, or repeal the criminal code of the State. We sent the highly respectable criminals to the penitentiary.While among those opposed to certain provisions of the Code or to any code, are many who are actuated by the highest motives, I fear that all

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