The following analysis of this book, which every physician should have, is intended as a special plea for the maintenance of the American Code of Medical Ethics as it now stands.
The work begins with a modest preface, characteristic of the truth-loving and guileless author who died full of years and honors, deeply regretted by all who knew him. The commentaries, which show ripe scholarship, good taste and loftiness of mind, were composed in moments snatched from his hours of rest and were truly a labor of love.
In the introductory remarks the author says: "A reader who has given to the subject little or no attention may be supposed to ask, 'wherefore the propriety of recognizing the principles of duty applied to medicine as constituting a distinct branch of ethical science? Are not the rules in ethics which would govern the practitioner of medicine the same as in other