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May 19, 1945

Current Comment

JAMA. 1945;128(3):208. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860200048016

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ANTIVIVISECTIONISTS DEFEATED IN BALTIMORE  Nowadays, whenever state legislatures are in session, so-called "dog bills" are introduced through the pressures exerted by the executive secretaries of groups who call themselves antivivisectionists. These sentimentalists have adopted the dog as the symbol of their approach to an antiscientific crusade against medical research involving the use of animals. The crusade is based on the claim that research involving animals is needlessly cruel and should therefore be prohibited. Moreover, the benefits to medical science and therefore to sick human beings are said to be fictitious. Our legislators are drawn largely from nonmedical groups and are likely to be uninformed about medical research. From the antivivisectionists' point of view they are ripe for the picking. Most legislators, however, are definitely susceptible to facts when well presented. According to the Baltimore Sun, April 10, the city council adopted an unfavorable report of its committee on legislation with

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