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April 2, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(14):1187. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730400065014

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Physicians have begun to receive a questionnaire, now being circulated by the National Anti-Vivisection Society with a view to obtaining opinions that will be used to bolster the antivivisectionist cause. The circular letter which accompanies the questionnaire shrewdly insinuates that such economic depression as now affects physicians is largely due to "the natural indignation of all fair-minded people at the revolting cruelties to conscious, defenseless animals, especially to dogs." The letter also seems to be planned to incite physicians to opposition against organized medicine. Thus, it says:

It is not fair that the great majority of physicians should see their practice and income decreasing as a result of cruelty which is repugnant to them, but which they appear to the general public to approve and support, because medical societies to which they belong officially defend such practices.

Notwithstanding the poor English in which this statement is couched, its purport is