The Influence of Antivivisection on Character

The Influence of Antivivisection on Character : Defense of Research Pamphlet XXIV (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Influence of Antivivisection on Character: Defense of Research Pamphlet XXIV On page 15 of the revised edition, it is correctly stated that Prof. Henry P. Bowditch of the Harvard Medical School, in some experiments on the circulation, etherized a cat and that then its sciatic nerve was divided, etc. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body of man and animals and passes down the back of the leg. After division of the nerve the portion going down the leg below the place where the nerve was divided was stimulated by an electrical current. As this part of the nerve was wholly cut off from the spinal cord and brain, by no possibility could any pain be felt. Yet a Boston lawyer, in a leaflet published by the New England Antivivisection Society, comments on a similar experiment as follows: It will be readily seen even by the casual reader that it involves an amount of agony beyond which science is unable 'to go. Just how the casual reader would be so well informed as to physi ology when a lawyer and two doctors not casual but intelligent and careful readers got things totally wrong, is not stated. Dr. Bowditch published a corree tion6 of this misstatement in 1896. In Spite of this, the New England Antivivisection Society in 1909, thirteen years after this public correction, was still distributing this lawyer's statement. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
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