Volume 106, Issue 7, Pages 1615-1616
Steven R. Lindheim, M.D., M.M.M., Parvaneh Nouri, B.S., Kelly A. Rabah, M.S.W., Jerome L. Yaklic, M.D., M.B.A.
The conceptualization of medicine as a profession that is held to ethical and practical standards was first formalized through the writings of 18th-century British physician-ethicists Gregory and Percival (1). This was in response to the lack of standardization in both training and practice that existed within medicine at the time. Percival's Medical Ethics subsequently served as a reference for the first Code of Medical Ethics issued by the American Medical Association in 1847 (2). Today, it is universally accepted that an important aspect of becoming a physician is the learning and implementing of high standards of medical professionalism into practice.