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The following informal and unofficial correspondence is self-explanatory:
Chicago, May 14, 1896.
The Hon. S. M. Cullom, U. S. Senate.
Dear Mr. Senator:
—The views of the American Medical Association, and of the profession generally, are so opposed to the bill now pending in the Senate for the restriction of vivisection that I venture to ask your powerful aid in defeating the measure, which I understand has in the Senate no less adroit an advocate than Senator Gallinger.Nearly every notable advance in the science of physiology, i. e., knowledge of the functions of the organs of the body, and the most valuable facts in connection with animal chemistry, and the effects of medicines, have been made and recorded in consequence of experimentation upon the lower animals, and we therefore look with alarm upon a bill which if it become a law, will relegate science in this country to a
Cullom SM. The Antivivisection Bill and the Senate.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(22):1086. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430740038010