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May 20, 1893

Revision of the Code.

JAMA. 1893;XX(20):567. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420470023002

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

Dear Sir:  —Literally, re-vision means seeing again, and that is certainly what is now needed with reference to the Code of Ethics, not only the seeing again the immediate ideas expressed and the language used to express them, but clearer perception and better application of the underlying principles. The essential thing is to secure clearer thinking, and more conscientious observance of correct ethical principles. Codes are but a means towards the attainment of this end and probably they are not the most valuable or important means. A diffused, misunderstood, unenforced code may, as shown in my previous letter, instead of being a help in this direction, be a serious hindrance.There is no doubt that the code has in many instances exerted beneficial influence, particularly on the thought of those just entering the profession. Placed in the hand of

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