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December 31, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(27):779-780. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420270017005

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Mr. Lawson Tait has taken public stand in the company of the opponents of vivisection. At an anniversary meeting held in October, he participated in the attacks then made upon the existing laws that govern the medical experimentation on the lower animals. As reported, Mr. Tait subscribes to the opinion that no useful knowledge can now be obtained by the methods of modern laboratory research employed by all, or nearly all, of our leading physiologists and pathologists. Mr. Tait characterized these methods as mediæval and compared them with "pressing an accused person with weights in order to make him plead." He pronounced the defenders of vivisection to be without logical argument. These positions of Mr. Tait are not exactly new, for there have already been made counter-attacks upon him; for example, Mr. Horsley has said of him in public that while Mr. Tait is admittedly an operating surgeon of great

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