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July 19, 1941

Current Comment

JAMA. 1941;117(3):198. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820290040012

MR. HEARST CONTINUES TO FILL SPACE WITH PROPAGANDA AGAINST SCIENTIFIC ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION  Like shadowy wraiths from the long dead past suddenly there appear in Mr. Hearst's column "In the News" the letters against animal experimentation written by doctors, some with but most without scientific standing, who lived many, many years—indeed, two generations—ago. Mr. Hearst's column opens with what is stated to be a quotation from Proverbs: "Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart. So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man." Is there not some literary allusion to the prince of evil being able on necessity to quote Biblical text? And even so, has Mr. Hearst forgotten Matthew 10:31, "Fear ye not therefore; ye are of more value than many sparrows." Many of the physicians quoted by Mr. Hearst were even in the time of their