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June 1, 1912


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New Haven, Conn.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(22):1705. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060054027

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To the Editor:  —Vegetarianism is based on sentiment and is supported by scientific evidence. Sentiment springs from the fundamental make-up of the individual. When not modified and restrained by education and reason it produces undoubtedly a lack of balance and of proportion in understanding. A like danger lurks in the path of intellect which falls into repulsive generalizations when it attemptsto understand the world of feelings by the help of the physical sciences alone. Vegetarianism is mostly an effort to reduce the total amount of suffering and to stay the enormous destruction of animal life for no benefit to the human race. Philosophically it accepts the idea that animals have a raison d'êter apart from us and a right to be allowed to live their lives as long as they are not destructive to our own. It is not illogical for vegetarians to use milk and eggs, as these animal

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