Anti-Vivisection and the Profession of Medicine in Britain

A Social History

by A.W.H. Bates

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Book Description

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.

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Book Details

Subject
Philosophy
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Published
2017
Pages
230
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781137556967
ISBN10
113755696X
ISBN13 Digital
9781137556974
ISBN10 Digital
1137556978
PDF Size
2.8 MB
License
CC BY

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