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April 12, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(15):945-946. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480150039010

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There is a little magazine published by the New England Antivivisection Society called Our Dumb Animals. Just why it bears this name is hardly indicated by the contents of its latest (March) number, which is mainly given up to attacks on vaccination. Indeed, other samples of the publication have impressed us with the fact that its management is more interested in fighting the medical profession than in benefiting any class of living beings, dumb or otherwise. What it says does not seriously hurt us; attacking vaccination, for example, is like denying the eternal verities, but we regret to see the spirit and the mental idiosyncrasies that prompt these utterances. Indeed, we can only charitably account for the temper and moral obliquity shown, by assuming a sort of psychic failure on the part of these antivivisectionists. What shall we say of the mental condition of a writer of a recent article

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