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November 9, 1901

VIVISECTION IN POLITICS IN MASSACHUSETTS.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(19):1254. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470450034008

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Abstract

There is a little paper called the Animal Defender devoted to general misrepresentation, in behalf of the causes of anti-vivisection, anti-vaccination, etc. In its latest issue it reproduces the letter of President Brown of the American Humane Association, published in The Journal October 19, and says in comment thereupon: "Some of the worst instances of human vivisection have been openly confessed by their perpetrators in The Journal's columns within the last two years; and no word of criticism or reproof has ever accompanied them." Our readers can appreciate this misrepresentation—we might use a stronger and more emphatic term —without our dilating upon it; it is mentioned to show what sort of reckless statements are emitted by these zoöphile fanatics. We call them fanatics in charity, though a much worse designation might better fit. Their literature is circulated among the people and undoubtedly creates a certain amount of public sentiment, and

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