Experimenting with Humans and Animals: From Galen to Animal Rights / Edition 1

Experimenting with Humans and Animals: From Galen to Animal Rights / Edition 1

by Anita Guerrini
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801871972

ISBN-13: 9780801871979

Pub. Date: 04/15/2003

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Experimentation on animals and particularly humans is often assumed to be a uniquely modern phenomenon. But the ideas and attitudes that encourage the biological and medical sciences to experiment on living creatures date from the earliest expression of Western thought. In Animal and Human Experimentation, Anita Guerrini looks at the history of these

Overview

Experimentation on animals and particularly humans is often assumed to be a uniquely modern phenomenon. But the ideas and attitudes that encourage the biological and medical sciences to experiment on living creatures date from the earliest expression of Western thought. In Animal and Human Experimentation, Anita Guerrini looks at the history of these practices from vivisection in ancient Alexandria to present-day battles over animal rights and medical research employing human subjects.

Guerrini discusses in-depth key historical episodes in the use of living beings in science and medicine, including the discovery of blood circulation, the development of smallpox and polio vaccines, and recent AIDS research. She also explores the rise of the antivivisection movement in Victorian England, the modern animal rights movement, and current debates over gene therapy. In this highly accessible text, we learn how our understanding of an animal's capacity to feel pain has evolved. Guerrini reminds us that the ethical values of science seldom stray far from those of the society in which scientists live and work.

Ethical questions about the use of animals and humans in research remain among the most vexing within both the scientific community and society at large. These often rancorous arguments have gone on, however, with little awareness of their historical antecedents. Animal and Human Experimentation offers students and concerned general readers on every side of this debate a context within which to understand more fully the responsibility we all bear for the suffering inflicted on other living beings in the name of scientific knowledge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801871979
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Series:
Johns Hopkins Introductory Studies in the History of Science
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
165
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents:Preface

Introduction

1. Bodies of Evidence: Experimentation and Philosophical Debate in Premodern Europe

2. Animals, Machines, and Morals

3. Disrupting God's Plan

4. Cruelty and Kindness

5. The Microbe Hunters

6. Polio and Primates

Conclusion: Human Rights, Animals Rights, and the Conduct of Science

Suggested Further Reading

Index

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