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September 11, 1948


JAMA. 1948;138(2):132-133. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900020028011

The antivivisectionists love publicity pointed to their angle, but screams of anguish and tearing of hair will soon be reflected in the antivivisectionist publications after the recent article in the Saturday Evening Post, "They're Trifling with Your Life."1

This article designates the antivivisectionists as "an obscure cult of sincere but misguided Americans— spurred by shrewd promoters—[which] now threatens to wipe out the techniques of medical research that have saved millions from horrible deaths."

There in the subtitle of the article is the core of the antivivisectionist issue as the medical profession has stated it again and again.

The vast majority of antivivisectionists are apparently sincere but misguided. They are kindly people who love animals perhaps too well. Their noble sentiments make them easy prey to the shrewd promoter who makes his living by claiming that animals in laboratories suffer needless pain, and that money is needed to stop animal

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