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Author Bates, A. W. (Alan W.), author

Title Anti-vivisection and the profession of medicine in Britain : a social history / A.W.H. Bates
Published London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
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Series The Palgrave Macmillan animal ethics series
Palgrave Macmillan animal ethics series.
Contents Introduction -- Chapter 1. Vivisection, virtue, and the law in the nineteenth century -- Chapter 2. Have animals souls? -- Chapter 3. A new age for a new century -- Chapter 4. The National Anti-Vivisection Hospital, 1902-1935 -- Chapter 5. The Research Defence Society -- Chapter 6. State control, bureaucracy, and the national interest from the Second World War to the 1960s -- Conclusion
Summary This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. 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
Analysis animal ethics
animal experimentation
medical science
moral intergrity
professional morality
smear campaign
social history
theological distinction
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Animal experimentation -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Medicine, Experimental -- History.
Vivisection -- Great Britain -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Bates, A. W. (Alan W.)
ISBN 1137556978 (electronic bk.)
9781137556974 (electronic bk.)