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December 25, 1991

Use of Animals in Medical Education

Author Affiliations

New York, NY

New York, NY

JAMA. 1991;266(24):3421-3422. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470240043015

To the Editor.  — I am writing in response to the Council on Scientific Affairs' "Use of Animals in Medical Education" article.1 The authors would have us believe that the only people opposed to the use of animals in medical education are those who break into laboratories, deface them with graffiti, and deal out death threats. Not so: thousands of physicians, many of them AMA members, are opposed to such use.I recall from my medical school days watching a guinea pig, strategically placed on the professor's desk, die from anaphylactic shock when challenged with an allergen. It is hard to imagine that I could not have learned this equally well by reading about it or watching a computer simulation. I tried to learn about the use of epinephrine on cat muscle while repressing my horror at watching a live cat used in the demonstration. I have often thought