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Ethics Timeline: 1941 to 1980

1952
House of Delegates adopted a council report condemning fee splitting in health care

1954
AMA establishes Committee on Geriatrics to outline basic problems of aging

1957
After two years of debate, The Principles of Medical Ethics was revised, eliminating regulations on specific conduct with broad, fundamental ethical principles. This change gave the Judicial Council broad rule- making authority, allowing them to issue ethical pronouncements without securing House of Delegates approval

1971
AMA adopts report to Board of Trustees stating that a need exists for more women physicians and reviews specific changes necessary to increase the number of women physicians

1974
AMA presents recommendations to insure adequate protection of individuals used in human experimentation

1975
AMA adopts resolution opposing sex discrimination in medical institutions

1976
AMA encourages handicapped access to public facilities

1977
AMA adopts resolution seeking an increase in participation of women physicians in organized medicine

1978
AMA develops national policy endorsing hospice care to enable the terminally ill to die in a more homelike environment

1980
James S. Todd, MD eloquently defends his ad hoc committee's new Principles of Medical Ethics at the Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates. This new version of the Principles addressed changing ethical issues in the field of medicine