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April 2, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(14):1148. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550400034008

Recently the Ladies' Home Journal has published two articles on animal experimentation, one by the Rev. Floyd W. Tomkins and the other by Dr. W. W. Keen.1 Dr. Tomkins' article, while much more moderate in tone than the average "antivivisection" article, advocates restriction of scientific experimental work and regulation of it by men admittedly of unscientific training, in order to avoid the possibility of preventable cruelty. Like all the opponents of animal experimentation, Dr. Tomkins speaks entirely from hearsay and without personal or accurate knowledge of the facts involved. Dr. Keen, who, as the editor of the Ladies' Home Journal well says, is "as well, if not better, qualified to present the advantages of vivisection as any American writer," has spent a long, useful and honorable life in the active practice of surgery and of warfare against disease. When, therefore, he states facts which have come to him through

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