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December 10, 1892

The Proposition to Revise the Code of Ethics.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(24):706. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420240028010

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Dear Sir:  —Members of the American Medical Association having been invited to express their views concerning the proposition to revise the Code of Ethics, I have the honor to state the reasons why, together with many associates, I do not think it wise or expedient to make any change in this admirable system of morals.

  1. It would not be wise to alter the code in any particular, because its teachings are salutary, its phraseology is lucid, and its aims are noble; qualities which surely enhance its value as a criterion of medical morals to young physicians entering upon their professional duties.

  2. It would not be wise to revise the code; because it does not contain any superfluous statements and because it is the best guide to all physicans in their various relations.

  3. It would not be wise to change, even in the slightest degree, the verbiage of the code;

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