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December 25, 1991

Use of Animals in Medical Education

Author Affiliations

Silver Spring, Md

Silver Spring, Md

JAMA. 1991;266(24):3422. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470240043017

To the Editor.  —The report "Use of Animals in Medical Education" from the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs1 contained a number of illogical and unscientific statements. A major justification given for the continued use of animals was that they "have been used... for centuries." This is an anachronism in a profession that otherwise prides itself on incorporating new ideas and technologies. It is not a surprising one, however, given the medical establishment's unwillingness to accept other reforms. When I entered medical school in 1973, there were not a few professors who openly verbalized their disappointment at the growing numbers of female medical students and who put women's "rights" into the same quotation marks as this article now puts animal "rights."The Council's report went on to list the many activities perpetrated by animal rights activists against medical schools and further alluded to the American Medical Student Association's objections, as