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May 6, 1893

" The Great Patent Regulator," the Code of Ethics (No Pun).

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San Francisco

JAMA. 1893;XX(18):512. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420450020008

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

Dear Sir:  —I have just finished reading the correspondence by Dr. A. C. Simonton of San Jose, Cal., and most thoroughly agree with all he has said in regard to the revision of the Code of Ethics. But I am a little surprised that his logical mind did not mention the illogical position taken by the Code on the subject of patent rights and copyrights.Every one knows that there is but small difference between a patent right and a copyright; morally there is no difference, one protecting the holder in the shape of an instrument, and the other in the contents of a book, consequently it should be equally derogatory to professional character for a physician to hold either. If an individual may, without committing an unprofessional act, protect his writings by a copyright, what law of morals

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