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April 2, 1898

DO VIVISECTORS INFLICT UNNECESSARY SUFFERING IN THEIR INVESTIGATIONS?

Author Affiliations

Member American Medical Association; Colorado State Medical Society; International Medical Congress Berlin, etc. RAWLINS, WYOMING.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(14):789-791. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440660037001j

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Abstract

About July 18, 1897, there was published in the Rocky Mountain News, an article by E. K. Whitehead, secretary of the Colorado Humane Society, followed on August 30 by another. In these articles the scientific experimenters of the world are directly charged with brutal, inhuman, wanton and cruel conduct toward animals, in carring out their experiments and investigations. Physicians are charged with being participators or accomplices in these so-called atrocities, and it is claimed that no real advance in medical knowledge, which could not have been made without it, has followed as a result of vivisection.

The charge that physicians, without sufficient cause, sanction wanton or cruel treatment, or animal mutilations and sufferings which are unnecessary, is a gratuitous insult to a profession animated by the most self-sacrificing and humane instincts of any class of people in the world, a profession which has done more to alleviate human suffering, stay

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