Journal of the History of Biology

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 167–170 | Cite as

Introduction: Experimenting with Animals in the Early Modern Era

  • Anita Guerrini
  • Domenico Bertoloni Meli


The aim of this special issue is to address issues surrounding the use of live animals in experimental procedures in the pre-modern era, with a special emphasis on the technical, anatomical, and philosophical sides. Such use raises philosophical, scientific, and ethical questions about the nature of life, the reliability of the knowledge acquired, and animal suffering.


Animals Experiments Vivisection Philosophy 


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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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