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For two thousand years or more the medical profession has waged a ceaseless war to obtain the fundamental condition of medical knowledge and progress, i. e., dissection material, and to-day many medical colleges are compelled to import from long distances and at a crippling expense an insufficiency of cadavers.
Ever since the rise of the scientific spirit in modern times the use of animals for experimentation, quite as necessary a prerequisite of medical progress, has been bitterly and violently opposed by the non-medical world, and to-day that opposition is more dogmatic and furious than ever.
The lay world, as regards both private individuals and governments, is so indifferent to or suspicious of us that while endowments, scholarships, etc., running into millions exist for the encouragement of the study of languages, astronomy, theology, etc., yet medical education and medical students are left solely to self-interest, with almost no endowments to help
LAY DISTRUST AND ENMITY OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION.. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(17):918-919. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430950040005