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May 13, 1893

Why We Do Not All Think the Code Above Revision.

JAMA. 1893;XX(19):544-545. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420460026011

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Abstract

To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association 

Dear Sir:  —First. The present Code contains irrelevant matter; it may be excellent matter of its kind, admirable in its place, but its proper place is outside of the organic laws which govern a medical association. And, whether its status be that of by-laws or standing resolutions, the Code of Ethics is a portion of the organic law of our medical associations.Specimens of the matter referred to are to be found in the account of the obligations of patients to their physicians or the attitude of mind that the physician should observe towards his profession. That the sentiments expressed are excellent; that the phraseology used is beautiful no more entitles such passages to a place in our organic law than the same qualities would render pertinent a beautiful and inspiring essay on the subject of ethics.Second. Whether

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