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April 16, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(16):1028. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490610038015

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In the Outlook of April 9 appear two papers on the vivisection problem, both of which are somewhat noteworthy. The first, by Bishop Lawrence of Massachusetts, takes the stand which we think is held by most cultured and enlightened people at the present day, viz., that the benefits that vivisection has accomplished for mankind far outbalance any necessary suffering that may be inflicted on the lower animals; even the single matter of antitoxin in diphtheria, which is quoted by the Bishop, is enough to redeem it from the charges that have been made. The sacrifice of many of the lower animals for the sake of preventing mortality and suffering is justifiable in every sense of the word. The question arises whether this should be regulated, and Bishop Lawrence gives rational objections to the regulation as they appear to him. Dr. Leffingwell's paper is far more temperate than would be expected

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