January 10, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(2):104. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490020036007

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One is impressed, on reading Senator Gallinger's reply to Dr. Keen's letter as published in the newspapers, of the necessity of following Virchow's advice and verifying one's references. From internal evidence it would appear that the honorable Senator paid too little attention to the correctness of his citings and that probably he relied on a defective memory or on a very poorly informed informant. It is not very difficult to find cases of abuse of vivisection, but they no more warrant its prohibition or its restriction to the extent desired by the zoophiles than do the intemperate utterances of the antivivisectionists warrant their extermination. We could furnish him with cases of abuse which have been condemned in our columns, but it would be a great misfortune to mankind if its suffering and death were estimated as not worth some animal sacrifices. Even the beasts would suffer if vivisection were restricted,

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