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April 5, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(14):880. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480140026008

A service to mankind, if not indeed to the brute creation also, has been rendered in the issuance in book form1 of the statements made by the remonstrants to the proposed Massachusetts legislation against physiological experimentation on animals. The force of these statements, coming from leading clergymen and teachers as well as from physiologists and physicians, is shown in the fact that the legislative committee to which the proposed act was committed unanimously reported "leave to withdraw," thus squelching for the time the antivivisectionist movement. If anyone requires a convincing series of arguments against the special phase of zoophile fanaticism here exposed, and undoubtedly there will be such occasions, he will find in this little volume a most valuable means of reference. The opening argument by Dr. Bowditch and the closing one by Dr. Ernst are alone sufficient to show up the case, but here they are reinforced by other