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Resolved, That this Association recognizes specialties as proper and legitimate fields of practice.
Resolved, That specialists shall be governed by the same rules of professional etiquette as have been laid down for general practitioners,
Resolved, That it shall not be proper for specialists publicly to advertise themselves such, or to assume any title not specially granted by a regularly chartered college.
Resolved, That private handbills addressed to members of the medical profession, or by cards in medical journals, calling the attention of professional brethren to themselves as specialists, be declared in violation of the Code of Ethics of the American Medi. cal Association. (Vide Transactions, vol. xx. p. 28.)
Resolved, That a Committee of one be appointed, residing at Washington, to render the Librarian of Congress such assistance as the interests of the Association may require. (Vide Transactions, vol. xx. p. 29.)
Whereas, The proper construction of Art. IV., Sec. 1, Code of Ethics, A. M. A., having been called for, relative to consultation with irregular practitioners who are graduates of regular schools:
Resolved, That said Art. IV., Sect. 1, Code of Ethics, excludes all such practitioners from recognition by the regular profession. (Vide Transactions, vol. xx. p. 30.)
Whereas, The contract system is contrary to medical ethics :
Resolved, That all contract physicians, as well as those guilty of bidding for practice at less rates than those established by a major. ity of regular graduates of the same locality, be classed as irregu. lar practitioners. (Vide Transactions, vol. xx. p. 41.)
Resolved, That if any member fail to reply for more than one year to the circular sent to him by the Committee of Publication, he shall forfeit his right to the volume, and it shall revert to the Association, to be sold to any applicant at the current rates. (Vide Transactions, vol. xxi. p. 30.)
Resolved, That the Committee of Arrangements for the next en suing meeting of this Association, and for all meetings thereafter, be directed to prepare a list of members present on a separate roll, for convenience and accuracy in calling the ages and nays when the same shall be demanded. (Vide Transactions, vol. xxi. p. 60.)
Resolved, That each year, until otherwise ordered, the President elect and the Permanent Secretary be directed to appeal, in the name of the Association, to the authorities of each State where no State Board of Health exists, urging them to establish such boards. (Vide Transactions, vol. xxvi. p. 50.)
Resolved, That the Permanent Secretary is hereby directed annually to report the names of States where boards of health exist, and also of those which decline to establish them; said report to form a part of the annual proceedings of the Association. (Vide Transactions, vol. xxvi. p. 50.)
CODE OF MEDICAL ETHICS.
OF THE DUTIES OF PHYSICIANS TO THEIR PATIENTS, AND OF THE
OBLIGATIONS OF PATIENTS TO THEIR PHYSICIANS.
ART. I.—Duties of physicians to their patients.
§ 1. A physician should not only be ever ready to obey the calls of the sick, but his mind ought also to be imbued with the greatness of his mission, and the responsibility he habitually incurs in its discharge. These obligations are the more deep and enduring, because there is no tribunal other than his own conscience to ad. judge penalties for carelessness or neglect. Physicians should, therefore, minister to the sick with due impressions of the importance of their office; reflecting that the ease, the health, and the lives of those committed to their charge, depend on their skill, attention, and fidelity. They should study, also, in their deportment, so to unite tenderness with firmness, and condescension with authority, as to inspire the minds of their patients with gratitude, respect, and confidence.
§ 2. Every case committed to the charge of a physician should be treated with attention, steadiness, and humanity. Reasonable indulgence should be granted to the mental imbecility and caprices of the sick. Secrecy and delicacy, when required by peculiar cir
. cumstances, should be strictly observed; and the familiar and confidential intercourse to which physicians are admitted in their professional visits, should be used with discretion, and with the most scrupulous regard to fidelity and honor. The obligation of secrecy extends beyond the period of professional services;-none of the privacies of personal and domestic life, no infirmity of dis. position or flaw of character observed during professional attend. ance should ever be divulged by the physician except when he is imperatively required to do so. The force and necessity of this obligation are indeed so great, that professional men have, under