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April 25, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(17):1355. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530430039010

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This is the name of a society that took its rise in the committee formed in Great Britain by the various scientific and medical societies, on the appointment of the Royal Commission on Experiments on Animals, to ensure the adequate and orderly presentation of evidence as to the value of, and necessity for, such experiments. With the termination of the evidence the original purpose of the committee was accomplished, but it appeared that a very useful function might be fulfilled by the perpetuation of the committee as an independent body with the object of spreading information by means of publications, lectures, etc., among the general public, so that the distorted views hitherto disseminated by the antivivisection societies without opposition, might be counteracted. Accordingly, on January 27, 1908, the Research Defense Society was organized. The list of members up to March 6 was 429, exclusive of the president, the Earl of

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