Social Medicine and Medical Economics
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
In discussing the relations between medical men in indus¬ try and in general practice, one might be easily led astray into the problems of legislation and, in so doing, completely lose sight of the necessity of giving real thought to the best methods of establishing proper relations under the laws as thty exist. In this presentation we have intentionally avoided a discussion of the merits of legislation-of changes that might be made in legislation, such as those that would be to the better
... to the better interest of the patient and more equitable for all the medical men. The legislative aspect of this question might well consume all the time that has been allotted for this paper. Our presentation is more a delineation of the way in which physicians in industry and those in general practice have worked out their relations, than an effort to solve for all time and under all conditions what these relations should be. FUNDAMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS Of prime importance in working out these relations is an earnest desire on the part of both parties to try to solve the problem, to give and take during its period of solution, and to maintain the frankest relations possible. Secondly, it must be constantly borne in mind that the ethics of the profession is equally binding on the physician in indus¬ try and the physician in general practice. Merely because he is not so dependent on the general public, merely because he is having his bills paid by a manufacturer, merely because the losing of an individual patient does not affect his income, the man in industry is not relieved of his obligation to main¬ tain the highest standard of professional practice.