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September 19, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(12):729. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490310033007

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Referring to our editorial last week under the above caption, we are glad to report that Dr. Leffingwell has made a "reply" in the last issue of American Medicine. The reply is evasive. Dr. Leffingwell does not deny or disprove that his remarks have created an impression warranting the reference to them in the British antivivisection journal. We must judge utterances by the impression that they are evidently intended to convey rather than by their literal verbal text which may favor quibbles and an evasive answer. It seems clear to us from Dr. Leffingwell's own showing that he had brought out the charge that vivisection was carried on for infamous purposes, and no man recognizing its value and not wishing to convey false impressions would have allowed himself to speak so as to permit of such inferences. We do not think he has cleared up the case as far as

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