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December 23, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(26):983-984. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420780031004

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Persons who take extreme views of questions are said to have their uses. They present their side of the question with a terse vigor which compels attention to their ideas. This has its advantages, because, like rocks in the bed of a stream, they serve to stir up the current of thought and prevent its running on with too great uniformity and also prevent the possibility of stagnation. But, they are rarely, if ever, right. They build a Chinese wall of exclusiveness and positivism about themselves and refuse to listen to the evidence of others. This seems to be especially true of the Antivivisection Society and their methods and exhibit at the World's Fair, together with their so-called arguments, better termed indefensible statements and unjustifiable inferences relative to the cruelty and barbarous practices of vivisectionists, and its want of gain to the profession and the world. One of the editors

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