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

"Medicine-induced illness has become a public health menace of major and alarming proportions, producing more deaths annually than are caused by breast cancer and ranking among the top ten causes of hospital admissions."

Medicine in Society, Vol. 7, 1981

"You cannot really rely on tests with any other animal or combination of animals to predict drug or surgical action in man."

Curtis Freshel (1886-1968), clinical director

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