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May 26, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(21):1349-1350. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460210055016

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A peculiar libel suit against the British Medical Journal has just been decided in London, in favor of the defendant. One Adams, the editor of an antivivisection publication, discovered a "mare's nest" in a government report, and thought he could make a point against experimenters in that they had, as he supposed, obtained authorization for experiments on animals without anesthetics, but had employed them. He wrote to the Home Secretary in regard to the matter, and received a specific reply that he was mistaken as to facts. Not satisfied with this he sent an insulting circular letter to the gentlemen mentioned in the report, and a number of others, inferentially charging them with bad faith or incompetence in obtaining certificates authorizing experiments without anesthesia and afterward using it, and saying that he should accept their silence as assenting to the accuracy of his inferences. This communication, of which it was

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