An intensification of the fight to cripple or destroy medical research by legislative prohibition of animal experimentation met its first defeat recently in the New York legislature. This conflict has been waged perennially; in some states the convening of the legislature is virtually a date to include on the medical school calendar, like the opening of the fall school session or the dates of the Christmas vacation period. Efforts to hamper or prevent animal experimentation by law are now under way in several other states, including Massachusetts and in Washington, D. C. (by Congressional action).
In New York round one was won for medical science by the effective combined efforts of the New York State Medical Society, the New York Academy of Medicine, the New York State county medical societies, the medical schools of the state and others. A telling incident in the publicity campaign was the public awarding of