“The purposes of the Massachusetts Medical Society shall be to do all things as may be necessary and appropriate to advance medical knowledge, to develop and maintain the highest professional and ethical standards of medical practice and health care, and to promote medical institutions formed on liberal principles for the health, benefit and welfare of citizens of the commonwealth.”
“Emperics [quacks], ignorant barbers, and men of that sort…who announce themselves ready to relinquish all the accumulated treasure of our art, to trifle with life upon the strength of these fantastic theories.” That “pretended science” as Holmes called it, was “a mingled mass of perverse ingenuity, of tinsel erudition, of imbecile credulity, and artful misrepresentation, too often mingled in practice…with heartless and shameless imposition.”
And Holmes words are as apt and appropriate today as they were in mid 19th Century Boston! Probably more so.
History has recurrently proved that false constructs and groundless concepts allow for endless error.
Good leadership requires correct moral and ethical behavior of both the individual and the organization. . Integrity is necessary for establishing relationships of trust. It requires a true heart and an honest soul. People of integrity instinctively do the “right thing” in any and all circumstances. Adherence to ethical codes of the profession is a universal obligation. It excludes all exceptions. Without ethical integrity, falsity will flourish.
The documentary evidence here shows fraud. It is intentional. All parties involved knew what they were doing, knew it was wrong but did it anyway. The schism between pious rhetoric and reality is wide.
One measure of integrity is truthfulness to words and deeds. These people claim professionalism, ethics and integrity. The documents show a reality of hypocrisy and sanctimony. But the hypocrisy seen here is also a danger because the careers and lives of doctors in Massachusetts are in these peoples hands.