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May 6, 1893

Revision of the Code of Ethics.

JAMA. 1893;XX(18):510-511. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420450017006

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To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association:  I presume that much valuable space in your Journal will be wasted in discussing the revision of the Code. Allow me to waste a little in commenting upon Dr. A. C. Simonton's article in the April 22 number of The Journal.The Doctor says twice in his communication that the old Code is harmless. Now, this is saying more for it than can be said of any article you have published condemning the Code (your editorial on Professional Unity to the contrary notwithstanding). The Doctor objects to flagrant violations of the Code. Especially to the free dispensaries, medical colleges and hospitals, and intimates that if the "old dilapidated, antiquated, ancient relic of ignorance and superstition" Code was enforced it would save the profession thousands and millions of dollars annually. If this is true, and I do not doubt it,

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