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September 11, 1897

The Antiviviseetionists.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(11):548. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440370042009

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August 30, 1897.

To the Editor:  —In your recent editorial entitled, "The Antivivisectionists and Their Little Bill," you allude to the appellation "of degenerates or perverts" being applied to those who are in favor of restriction of vivisection.There is a larger number of the medical profession in favor of the antivivisection bill than its opponents suppose and they won't be "muzzled" by being called by revolting titles.It is no more a convincing argument to liken humanitarians to weak-minded members of the criminal classes than it would be a just retort for them to claim that those most actively engaged against Senate Bill No. 1063 were men who simply desired to slaughter their thousands of dumb animals as a means of professional advertisement.I beg to enter my protest, therefore, against what I consider an attempt to suppress free expression of opinion from the humaner members of our most

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