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July 5, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(1):36-37. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820270036011

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Recently some of the newspapers in the Hearst chain have featured a column entitled "In the News"— written, it is understood, by Mr. William Randolph Hearst himself—which was devoted largely to propaganda against animal experimentation. Most of the material was a quotation from a speech by Dr. Walter R. Hadwen, who is referred to as a "leader in his honorable profession." Actually this speech was made in Los Angeles on June 16, 1921, more than twenty years ago. Hadwen was then the president and secretary of the British Association for the Abolition of Vivisection. He had published a pamphlet on "The Anti-toxin Treatment of Diphtheria," in which the opening sentence read "The Anti-Vivisectional interest attaching to the question of the use of Diphtheria Anti-Toxin serum lies in the fact that cruelty of a grave character is practiced, mainly upon horses, in order to obtain this particular nostrum." Think of the

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