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The antivivisectionists in Germany do not play as big a part as in some other countries. Nevertheless it becomes at times necessary to take action against them. At a recent session of the Breslauer Medizinische Gesellschaft, Rosenfeld, with the approval of others, stated that, next to charlatanism, the antivivisectionists constitute a danger to the authority of the physicians, since they make the charge that such experiments are wholly useless and serve only to satisfy sadistic desires. In refuting these wild assertions, the great accomplishments of the past fifty years must be recounted and attention called to the humane methods employed in vivisection. The eradication of great epidemics and the advances of serotherapy and chemotherapy and in the diagnosis of disease have been initiated and extended by means of animal experimentation, which applies also to numerous surgical operations. Even the animals would protest against the antivivisectionists, for they have
BERLIN. JAMA. 1932;99(7):574. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740590054024