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May 15, 1943

EDIBILITY OF RABBITS USED FOR PREGNANCY TESTS

Author Affiliations

Iowa City. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, State University of Iowa College of Medicine.

JAMA. 1943;122(3):194. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840200050025

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The communication by Drs. Weisman and Coates in The Journal, March 27, page 1109, starts with the unwarranted assumption that rabbits utilized for pregnancy (Friedman) tests are unsuitable for food and that therefore a less satisfactory test should be substituted.If rabbits are apparently in good condition when killed in order to read the test, they are as edible as litter mates which are killed primarily for food. Various members of my staff have been eating test rabbits for years with no harmful effects: they are more sought after now than previously, because of meat rationing. The line forms on the right.Why should such animals not be eaten? The urine which was injected into their veins came from human beings who passed all the urinary materials through the blood without any toxic effects; and the hormones which produced the ovarian changes are among the profession's modern

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