The article on this subject, found on page 1849 of this issue of the Archives, documents the history of the defense by the American Medical Association, other scientific societies, and American physicians research on animals in fostering advances in medical treatment. The American medical community can be proud of its past efforts, but it is essential to recognize the increasing vigor, and often violent efforts, of those who claim to be more concerned with the humane treatment of animals than those who are involved with advancing the cause of human health. The article points out that for more than a century there have been continuing attempts to restrict or ban research on animals, and that the biomedical community has had to protect this valuable scientific resource on numerous occasions at local, state, and federal levels. It is quite common to see a television broadcast that presents
See also p 1849.