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March 3, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(9):564. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460090050009

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The Committee of the District of Columbia heard arguments for and against the Antiviviseetion bill on Wednesday, February 21. Among the physicians present to speak against the measure were W. W. Keen, Hobart A. Hare, Wm. Osler, Mary Putnam Jacobi, Howard Kelly, Bowditch and Surgeon-General Sternberg. Strong arguments were made against the bill, and, it is to be hoped, with success so far as convincing the Committee of the inadvisability of such legislation is concerned. We understand that similar legislation is being attempted by the antivivisectionists in Massachusetts, and possibly in other states, and it would be advisable for the profession in each to be on the alert. Those who have fought the proposed legislation in Washington deserve the thanks of the profession, for the work done by these gentlemen has not been without considerable self-sacrifice on their part.

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