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Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 15, 1896.
To the Editor:
—Among your comments on the vivisection bill of Mr. McMillan, on p. 297 of the issue of the Journal of February 8, you make use of the following language:"In the absence of knowledge of the subject, no one should chide these good hearted men and women, etc.," (no need to quote the remainder). Now my dear doctor, the "good book" (both versions) contains the following passage, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread," in line with this statement is the fact of experience that ignorance will criticise, while knowledge is weighing evidence. It is also a known fact that an exaggerated idea of the specific individuals, qualifications and ego, is the prompter for the rendition of judgment by that individual, who thinks what he or she thinks, is necessarily law. It is a well-established principle of justice, and common sense
Forbes JW. The Character of the Anti-Vivisectionist.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(8):388-389. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430600040012