Vivisection


Vivisection, viv'i-sek'shan, n. [< L. vivus, alive, and sectio, sectionis, a cutting.] The dissection of, or otherwise experimenting on, a living animal, esp. for the purpose of ascertaining or demonstrating some fact in physiology or pathology. -Websters Dictionary

"I cannot over-emphasize the fallacies inherent in the efforts to apply directly to man the results of animal experiments in the field of hormones!"

From the testimony of Don Carlos Hines, M.D., before the Delaney Committee of the House of Representatives, Jan. 31, 1952



"It is difficult to entertain a warm feeling for a 'medical man' who can strap an unanesthetized dog on a table, cut its vocal cords and spend an interesting day-or week-slowly eviscerating or dismembering it. The researchers do not deny this themselves. They claim that, despite the wholesale bloody experimentation on animals, the only real proof of the drugs found by the chemists or the operating techniques suggested by the experimentation on animals must be, in the end, verified by trying them on human subjects."

Clare Booth Luce, U.S. writer and diplomat



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