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Regulation of Animal Experimentation: An Apology

Thomas D. Overcast, JD, PhD
JAMA. 1986;255(12):1568-1569. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370120042010.
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To the Editor.—  I want to point out to you and your readers that substantial portions of an article that I recently published in The Journal1 were taken word-for-word and sentence-for-sentence from an earlier article by Chambers and Hines (reference 32 in my article).2 The responsibility for this is mine and mine alone. My coauthor had no hand in the preparation of the first draft of the manuscript from which we then jointly worked. Plagiarism is a cardinal sin of the highest magnitude for which there is no excuse, and I have none to offer. I can only conclude that it was a horrendous but unintentional mistake.After carefully examining all of the circumstances surrounding my preparation of the animal regulation manuscript, I would like to share some important lessons that I have learned. From these lessons I have derived four principles that will help ensure the integrity


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