Creating a medical profession in the United States: The first Code of Ethics of the American medical association

  • Stanley Joel Reiser
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 49)


In 1846, a group of about 100 American doctors convened in New York City a national convention to change medical education, to produce a body of standards that would demarcate the ideals of the “regular” medical profession from that of sectarians (such as homeopaths) who threatened its hegemony, and to restore a luster that abuses of education and practice had tarnished. These reforms were proposed as the most significant policies of the organization being founded then to carry them out — the American Medical Association (AMA).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stanley Joel Reiser
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  1. 1.the Humanities and Technology in Health Carethe University of Texas health Care Science CenterHouston

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