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March 18, 1911


JAMA. 1911;LVI(11):816-817. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560110038019

The Bureau for the Protection of Medical Research of the American Medical Association has had prepared, by experts in the several fields, pamphlets on the relation of animal experimentation to practical medicine and surgery.1 The latest pamphlet and one of the best and, we believe, most effective of the series, on "Some Characteristics of Antivivisection Literature," is by Dr. W. B. Cannon, the chairman of the bureau.2 In it the nature of antivivisection methods is discussed after an extensive study of antivivisection pamphlets, leaflets and letters to the daily press.

The antivivisectionists have always made much of the testimonials of physicians in their behalf. Examination of the list of physicians whom they quote gives an instructive revelation of the methods of the agitators. Sir Charles Bell, dead nearly seventy years, secured the final proof of his greatest discoveries by experiments on animals done a hundred years ago; he