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 results of drug experiments upon animals are, as far as their application to man is concerned, absolutely useless and even misleading."

W. Mitchell Stevens, M.D. F.R.C.P, Medical World, Dec. 1, 1933, p.335

"The excuse or toleration of cruelty upon any living creature by a woman is a deadly sin against the grandest force in nature - maternal love ... In not a single instance known to science has the cure of any human disease resulted necessarily from this fallacious method of research."

Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910), the first woman to receive a medical degree in America (1849). After encountering sexual discrimination when she sought a hospital post, she opened the New York Infirmary for Women and Children (1857).

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