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August 22, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(8):676-677. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540080042005

The address of Dr. Cannon on the opposition to medical research1 is noteworthy in that it takes a line rather out of the ordinary in articles on this subject. We are accustomed to find such articles directed toward an investigation in detail as to the truth or falsehood of the particular assertions made by active members of the antivivisectionist propaganda. Dr. Cannon, however, attacks his subject from a basic standpoint and sets before himself as his objective an inquiry into the reasons for the unfair and irritating conceptions which prevail among the vast mass of those who are so strongly opposed to animal experimentation. This inquiry he divides as follows: 1, the conflicting statements as to the existence and extent of painful experiments; 2, an inquiry which in all matters of controversy necessarily arises, on the appearance of conflicting testimony, as to the experience and characteristics of the contestants;