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September 10, 1938


JAMA. 1938;111(11):1020. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790370040011

The conservative attitude of the medical profession has both good and bad aspects—good when it refuses the use of untried drugs and unproved methods of therapy, bad when it permits medical progress to be attacked and maligned without defending itself. This attitude permits the public to be deceived concerning medical progress and sometimes causes the sick to seek relief from undependable sources which promise help. The Journal, by its continual exposure of "quack" medicines and falsely claimed "cures," has for many years done a great service to the public as a whole. More difficult to combat than such deliberately fraudulent claims, however, is the destructive work of the small but vociferous group opposed to experiments on animals. Their "crusaders" each year spend large sums of money in an attempt to stop all experimental work in the biologic sciences. In spite of the proved facts concerning the whole science of bacteriology,