Guyton's Dogs

During my brief time as a nurse anesthesia student, I studied pharmacology and physiology in great detail.  I was made aware of many things animals, including Man's best friend, were subjected to.  In pharmacology, I learned about the term "lethal dose 50 (LD50)."  In physiology, I learned about experiments done to accumulate data from various systems of the body.  It is best not to describe these experiments.  But I will say it was difficult to study for my exams with the images of these poor animals.

Who is Guyton?  Arthur C. Guyton, MD, was the author of my physiology text book.  He has taken credit and gained fame through his vast accumulation of data built upon the suffering and death of animals.  There is no acknowledgement in his text for the contribution animals have made in science.  So I will make the acknowledgement.  Animals have suffered and died to better our understanding of science.  They deserve some credit for the research that has improved our quality of life.  After all, they gave their lives for it. 

I abhor vivisection. It should at least be curbed. Better, it should be abolished. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery, that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty.

Dr. Charles Mayo    

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