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March 11, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(10):283-284. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420370023004

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The English medical public have protested with great indignation against the position of Mr. Lawson Tait,the distinguished gynecologist,who has endorsed the anti-vivisection society in its attacks on medical men for experimental vivisection. The position he has taken, is so untenable from a scientific point of view as to suggest some grave defect of his inteligence. Charges and counter-charges have been made and much bitterness of feeling has been provoked. The impression one gets from this distance, is that however eminent a physician may become, it is not safe to trust to his judgment outside of his special studio. Being an eminent surgeon, gynecologist or specialist, in any department, does not bring superior judgment in other fields of science. Often men who have become prominent in some department of medicine, assume that such knowledge extends to all other topics, bringing with it equal capacity and wisdom. There are many Lawson

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