The Scalpel And The Butterfly

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In this sweeping history of animal research and the animal protection movement, Deborah Rudacille examines the ethical question of whether enhancement of human life justifies the use of animals for research. She shows how the question and the answers provided by both scientists and anti-vivisectionists over the past 150 years have shaped contemporary society. Rudacille anchors her narrative in events from the lives of key players in the history of the war between science and animal protection, describing the work of activists who work outside the law as well as those working to change the system from within.

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Editorial Reviews

New Yorker
In this excellent exploration of the conflict between animal protection and animal research, the author resolutely resists simplistic answers... By showing the spectrum of possible views between the moral absolutism of one camp and the unrepentant materialism of the other, this valuable book suggests a vast ground for compromise.
Rob Mitchell
U.S. scientists experiment on 14 million animals a year. Do health and safety benefits to humans justify the suffering of animals? Deborah Rudacille addresses the issue with fairness and respect to both science and its critics.
Rebecca Skloot
Rudacille uses impeccably researched material to take readers from the earliest days of animal-rights activism to the present.. In the final chapter, the author embarks on a productive discussion of ways the animal-rights controversy could be resolved.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520231542
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: Science Ethics Public Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 402
  • Sales rank: 1,091,866
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Rudacille

Deborah Rudacille was researcher/writer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing from 1992 to 1997. She is the coauthor of Animals and Alternatives in Testing: History, Science and Ethics (1994) and the author of The Riddle of Gender.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1. Viruses, Vaccines, and Vivisection 17
2. The Kingdom of the Spirit 30
3. The Dogs of War 55
4. Nazi Healing 80
5. Polio Politics 98
6. The New Crusaders 120
7. Stalking the Shadow 150
8. Saints and Sinners 179
9. Engineering Life 208
10. Animals, Science, and the Body 242
11. Partial Transformations 276
Epilogue 314
Notes 323
References 351
Resources 365
Acknowledgments 377
Index 381
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