Letters

DeBakey Never Replied In the July 27, 1987 issue (p. 1) Michael DeBakey denies my findings of “overcrowding of animals and improper supervision” in the animal care laboratories under his jurisdiction. He claims I “obviously [have] a convenient memory” and, according to the article, says I was “pleased by the conditions and about the high quality of the facility.” This is not the first time that DeBakey has called me a liar in the press. To keep the record s

Christine Stevens
Sep 20, 1987

DeBakey Never Replied

In the July 27, 1987 issue (p. 1) Michael DeBakey denies my findings of “overcrowding of animals and improper supervision” in the animal care laboratories under his jurisdiction. He claims I “obviously [have] a convenient memory” and, according to the article, says I was “pleased by the conditions and about the high quality of the facility.”

This is not the first time that DeBakey has called me a liar in the press. To keep the record straight, here are a few quotes from my letter to him of July 5, 1983, in which I attempted to persuade him, as politely as possible, to improve conditions for the animals.

“Two large dogs were still completely unconscious. . . there was no one in the room or any indication of further care as they recovered from anesthesia. This was about 3:30 on Friday afternoon... dog with a running nose...

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