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

"The sums that are being spent (on cancer research) are enormous: $600 million in the present financial year - and the fear of getting the disease universal.... One million Americans have it. Recently Dr. James Watson, who is listened to because he helped to discover the molecular structure of life's genetic material, derided the national cancer program as a fraud. Dr. Watson said that the government's newly created cancer research centers around the country are institutions that are 'starting out lousy and will stay lousy'."

Extract from an article by the NEA-London Economist News Service, titled "Is Cancer Research Worth Cost?" on the editorial page of The Galveston Daily News, March 26, 1975



"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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