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October 28, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(18):1520. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640180054018

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At the polls in November, in California, Colorado and Washington, scientific medicine will be tried at the bar of public opinion. The verdict will depend in part on public knowledge of the attainments and conduct of physicians in the past. The true physician, as attorney for the defense, will be actively campaigning against the antis of all kinds, and he will be especially active on election day, when the case goes to the jury.

In Colorado and in California, the people will decide by popular vote whether medical research involving the use of living animals shall be prevented. The antivivisectionists in these states, mistrusting or despising their legislatures, are seeking, through the initiative, to bring about the enactment of such measures by playing on the ignorance and the emotions of the people. No properly informed person can vote in favor of the antivivisectionist measures proposed.

In Washington, the contest is

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