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October 14, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(16):1337-1338. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640160057022

In Colorado and California the antivivisectionists have initiated bills to abolish animal experimentation. At the November elections in these states the proposal will be decided by popular vote. Dr. W. R. Hadwen has again come from England to denounce in these Western states and elsewhere the use of the experimental method in solving medical problems. As possessor of an M.D. degree, and as a facile speaker, he may lead thoughtless people into believing that the medical profession seriously questions the value of the method. Dr. Hadwen is characterized by antivivisectionists as "a distinguished physician and surgeon of England, whose attainments are of the highest order." Who is Dr. Hadwen, and upon what basis does he presume to speak for the medical profession?

Dr. Hadwen was born in 1854, and he obtained his M.D. degree from St. Andrews in 1897, when he was 43 years of age. He also writes "J.P."

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