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mittee, by which four years has been made the required term of medical study, and the studies of the first year have been definitely arranged to include the preliminary studies requisite to more advanced medical instruction.

6. Resolved, That it is the duty of every member of the Institute to assist and sustain the medical colleges in their efforts. - Adopted June 20, 1890.

7. Resolved, That the Committee on Local Arrangements be instructed to respect the working hours of the Institute session, and to make no provision for entertainments to the members except during the intermissions of the session.-Adopted June 20, 1890.

8. Resolved, That the American Institute of Homeopathy, systematically, and from year to year, investigate the comparative mortality per cent., as shown in the Health Offices of all the larger cities of the United States, and give the results of said investigation the widest possible publicity.- Adopted June 17, 1892.

9. Resolved, that the Institute shall begin its annual session at or about the middle of the week, and continue as long as the work of the sections requires, according to the judgment of the Executive Committee.-Adopted June 1, 1893.

CODE

OF

MEDICAL ETHICS

OF THE

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF

HOMEOPATHY:

REPORT

ON

A COMPLETE CODE OF MEDICAL ETHICS.

The undersigned, appointed by the American Institute of Homcopathy a committee to "prepare a complete code of medical ethics,” respectfully present the following as the result of their labors.

Considering it to be very desirable that the code of ethics adopted by the various associations of the physicians of our country should be uniform in scope and arrangement, and as nearly identical in language as possible, the Committee have used the arrangement, and, to a great extent, the language of the Code adopted by the American Medical Association, and published in vol. xvi, of their Transactions (for 1865), modifying it where changes seemed to be demanded by a proper regard for liberality and for justice, both to patient and to physician, or by a due concern for the freedom of medical education, opinion and action.

Respectfully submitted,

CARROLL DUNHAM, M.D.,
WALTER WILLIAMSON, M.D.,
A. S. Ball, M.D.,
E. M. KELLOGG, M.D.,
G. W. BARNES, M.D.,

Committee on Medical Ethics.

CODE OF MEDICAL ETHICS.

SCOPE.

The scope of a Code of Medical Ethics comprises the reciprocal duties and obligations of physicians and patients; the duties and obligations of physicians to each other; and the reciprocal duties and obligations of physicians and the public.

FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES.

The great principles upon which Medical Ethics are based are

these :

1. The great end and object of the physician's efforts should be: “The greatest good to the patient.”

2. The rule of conduct of physician and patient, and of physicians toward each other, should be the GOLDEN RULE: “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them, likewise.”

The various articles of the Code are only special applications of these great principles.

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