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Fred B. Hovey
JAMA. 1934;103(14):1088. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750400056028.
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To the Editor:—  As secretary of the American Surgical Trade Association, which sponsored the Code of Fair Competition for the Surgical Distributors Trade, approved on Aug. 24, 1934, I wish to call the attention of the members of the medical profession to certain provisions of this code, which are of special interest to members of the medical profession.This code contains the trade practice provisions prohibiting what is generally called commercial bribery which are found in almost all codes of fair competition. These provisions are contained in section 1 of article VIII of the Code of Fair Competition for the Surgical Distributors Trade and read as follows:Section 1. No member of the trade shall give, permit to be given, or offer to give, anything of value for the purpose of influencing or rewarding the action of any employee, agent or representative of another in relation to the business of


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