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December 13, 1902

Midshipman Aikin and Vivisection.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(24):1537. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480500043013

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Philadelphia, Dec. 5, 1902.

Hon. Jacob H. Gallinger,

Chairman of the Senate Committee on the District of Columbia, Washington, D. C.

My Dear Sir:  As you have repeatedly introduced bills into the Senate for the purpose nominally of regulating experiments on animals in the District of Columbia, which bills, however, if they had become laws, would in fact have prohibited many, if not all of them, I deem it my duty to call your attention to the case of Midshipman Aikin of the United States Naval Academy, who was recently injured in a football game. My reason for doing so is to show you by a single concrete example that knowledge gained by animal experimentation is an immense boon to humanity and that, therefore, such experiments should be heartily encouraged.The facts of Mr. Aikin's case are as follows: When I first saw him, three days after the accident, I

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