To the Editor.
—I was saddened as well as frustrated to read the poorly focused "In Focus" in the March 1992 edition of the Archives.Foreman begins by citing an AMA telephone survey, "... 90% of the physicians surveyed... used animals... during their medical education," as support for the use of animals in medical education. What kind of scientific data are these? Where is peer review?As a non sequitur, Foreman then lists six AMA guidelines regarding the use of animals in medical education that clearly reflect the positive influence of animal welfare philosophy; as stated in a recent Archives editorial,1 "... we must recognize that one of the benefits of the animal rights movement has been to cause us to reexamine our own procedures."Foreman then discusses Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology guidelines that have nothing to do with medical education, but are focused on animals used in
Finkelstein D. The Use of Animals in Medical Education. Arch Ophthalmol. 1992;110(12):1682. doi:10.1001/archopht.1992.01080240019005