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Anti-Vivisection and the Profession of Medicine in Britain: A Social History

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Book Series: The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series ISBN: 9781137556967 9781137556974 Year: Pages: 217 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-55697-4 Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Subject: Medicine (General)
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This book explores the social history of the anti-vivisection movement in Britain from its nineteenth-century beginnings until the 1960s. It discusses the ethical principles that inspired the movement and the socio-political background that explains its rise and fall. Opposition to vivisection began when medical practitioners complained it was contrary to the compassionate ethos of their profession. Christian anti-cruelty organizations took up the cause out of concern that callousness among the professional classes would have a demoralizing effect on the rest of society. As the nineteenth century drew to a close, the influence of transcendentalism, Eastern religions and the spiritual revival led new age social reformers to champion a more holistic approach to science, and dismiss reliance on vivisection as a materialistic oversimplification. In response, scientists claimed it was necessary to remain objective and unemotional in order to perform the experiments necessary for medical progress.

Animal Death

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Book Series: Animal Publics ISBN: 9781743320235 9781743325247 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Sydney University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101637
Subject: Animal Sciences
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Animal death is a complex, uncomfortable, depressing, motivating and sensitive topic. For those scholars participating in Human-Animal Studies, it is – accompanied by the concept of 'life' – the ground upon which their studies commence, whether those studies are historical, archaeological, social, philosophical, or cultural. It is a tough subject to face, but as this volume demonstrates, one at the heart of human–animal relations and human–animal studies scholarship.

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