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September 27, 1913

The Pros and Cons of Vivisection.

JAMA. 1913;61(13_part_1):1064. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350130058034

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Richet is at the head of the Department of Physiology in the Faculté de médecine de Paris. His discussion of vivisection might, therefore, be considered authoritative. In spite of the amount of existing literature on the subject, this little book will be read with much interest by those concerned in the preservation of freedom of research. It will also help the honest seeker after knowledge on this question to clear, accurate information and expert opinion. It is too much to hope that it will have any influence on the pronounced antivivisectionist, as the necessity for animal experimentation has been proved many times before without any effect on those whose minds are already made up. As the discoverer of serotherapy and a leader in physiologic research for a quarter of a century, Richet can speak with an authority not given to the ordinary scientist. An appendix gives the absolute and relative

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