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August 12, 1992

The AMA and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Author Affiliations

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Washington, DC

JAMA. 1992;268(6):788-789. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490060124040

To the Editor.  —Let me correct a statement in the December 25,1991, issue of THE Journal1 in which Dr Loeb stated that the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) had been "officially censured." Censure is used by the American Medical Association (AMA) for specific purposes, and PCRM has never been the subject of any such proceeding.The AMA and PCRM have had strong differences. In 1989, the AMA released its Animal Research Action Plan and has devoted substantial expenditures to pushing animal experimentation. Because PCRM has successfully promoted inquiry into and alternatives to animal experimentation, the AMA is increasingly sniping at PCRM.In 1990, the AMA House of Delegates considered a resolution brought by the California delegation that objected to PCRM for "implying that physicians who support the use of animals in biomedical research are irresponsible, for misrepresenting the critical role animals play in research and teaching, and for