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Anti-Vivisection and the Profession of Medicine in Britain

A Social History

Authors: Bates, A.W.H.

  • Offers a refreshingly objective viewpoint on the morality of animal vivisection
  • Provides new insights into a much-studied field
  • Takes a medicine-based approach to the broader issue of animal ethics
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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.

About the authors

A.W.H. Bates is a Coroner’s Pathologist, Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London, and Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, UK. His other books include Emblematic Monsters (2005) and The Anatomy of Robert Knox (2010).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bates, A. W. H.

    Pages 1-12

  • Vivisection, Virtue, and the Law in the Nineteenth Century

    Bates, A. W. H.

    Pages 13-41

  • Have Animals Souls ? The Late-Nineteenth Century Spiritual Revival and Animal Welfare

    Bates, A. W. H.

    Pages 43-67

  • A New Age for a New Century: Anti-Vivisection, Vegetarianism , and the Order of the Golden Age

    Bates, A. W. H.

    Pages 69-98

  • The National Anti-Vivisection Hospital, 1902–1935

    Bates, A. W. H.

    Pages 99-132

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55697-4
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55696-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Anti-Vivisection and the Profession of Medicine in Britain
Book Subtitle
A Social History
Authors
Series Title
The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55697-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55697-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55696-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 217
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