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Experimental Medicine and its Opponents

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A strenuous campaign is being carried on in the United States against animal experimentation. Because of its great importance and value, organized medicine is protecting the interests of experimental research. The following paper was read before the Community Health Meeting under the auspices of the American College of Surgeons in Boston on October 17, 1934.

Research in medicine has given us pure water to drink, a well-balanced diet, vaccination against small pox, the control of most of the infectious diseases, the prevention of goiter. It has charted the brain; it has given us thyroxin to cure the cretin; it has revealed to us the romance of the ductless glands; it has given the solace of anesthesia, the means to ease our pain, the prevention of surgical shock, the control of wound infections. It has given us blood transfusion, a cure for pernicious anemia, and a relief from diabetes. Medical research has so controlled the safety of children that women are called upon for fewer children to balance our population. It has banished the great plagues and given increased security to man and has lengthened the normal span of life.

Almost equally has medical research benefited our domestic animals, for the rarity of disease in animals is to a large extent due to scientific researches planned for the purpose of discovering the cause and method of prevention of such diseases as tuberculosis, cholera and rabies. These researches have been carried on wholly by subjecting animals to the necessary experimentation. It is. . .


 

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