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April 7, 1975

Let Them Eat Catfish

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JAMA. 1975;232(1):19. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250010013003

To the Editor.—  History teaches that scientists are inclined to eat carcasses of test animals. Indeed, a well-known double-doctorate space scientist dined frequently on rats during his salad days. A group on the Eastern seaboard eats exotic animals at their annual banquets. Even nonscientists do it. For example, a sparring Southern editor and his cocky Governor had an election bet in which the loser would eat a crow at a specified banquet. He did and when asked how it tasted said, "Well, it tasted a lot like owl."The Scoggin (231:176, 1975) report on catfish stings is noteworthy because it shows that research is needed to identify this toxin. To achieve this goal, some interested soul will have to brave the elements to catch some study specimens. Then he'll have to remove the dorsal and pectoral fin spines for scientific purposes. I hope he knows what to do with the