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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Sm: I am impressed again with the high-quality debate on Federal legal control ofanimal experimentation in perspectives [see Perspect. Biol. Med., 6:256, 1963; 6:535, !963; 7:129, 1963; 7:253, 1964]. I believe that you are making a more practical contribution to a wise solution than even you might realize. You are in effect leading careful deliberations among leaders. Thb will in the long ran guide our efforts to influence the great mass ofpeople who see issues only dimly and in terms oftheir greater features. Public controversies take place on several levels. Unfortunately, the mass media tend to deal with issues in a fashion that presents caricatures rather than detailed pictures. My principal challenge is to operate with integrity in this disconcerting arena, and I try to draw simple line sketches that are accurate but bold and simple. This seems necessary if we are to work with media that publish only sketches, but at the same time it is necessary that elsewhere—in a publication like perspectives—a more detailed consideration be drawn out. Already, I believe, you have illuminated better than anyone has done before that it is not necessary to be satisfied with the status quo in order to reject a corrective program likely to do more harm to scientific exploration than good for the cause ofbetter animal care. Ralph A. Rohweder National Societyfor Medical Research Rochester, Minnesota Dear Sm: It seems possible that you have been misled by the subtitle of The Scientist Speculates: An AnthologyofPartly-bakedIdeas. Itwasnot intendedas "adistilled extract ofthe bestthat has been thought and expressed" concerning scientific speculation. Rather, the intention was to collect together some current speculations by living scientists, especially eminent ones. Some reference to these men would have been appropriate in a review, but you confined your remarks to the general editor: Bloggins would have attributed this to professional bias. Ifyou must dismiss this incredibly brilliant and fascinating anthology by means ofa short approximate extract from it, you might at least get it right, especially as you append 365 the sarcasm "ifyou follow." What I said was that a very roughguide to the maximum length that a pbi (partly-baked idea) should have is I09px/j Words , where ? is the "importance" (between o and i) and? is the bakedness (less than one, and possibly negative). By omitting the qualifications here underlined, and by misprinting the antilogarithm as lofopx/z), you have decreased the bakedness of?? remark below die threshold required by the correct formula! May all your smorgasbord's be partly-baked. I. J. Good c/o Communications Research Division, IDA Von Neumann Hall Princeton, NewJersey "The cervix revealed an eccentric ox" (Transcription ofa surgicalpathology record) In this unwonted milieu Eccentric, yes, and tiny, too. What Lilliputian dream by Freud Impelled you past the colpine void, A foreign fire within you burning, To a human womb rettirning, To have some keen pathologist Observe you in a mucous cyst? Minute, adventurous, odd-ball beast: You are lost, to say the least. F. P. Becker, M.D 366 Letters to the Editor Perspectives in Biology and Medicine · Spring 1964 ...


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