THE SHAMBLES OF SCIENCE: Extracts from the Diary of Two Students of Physiology.

First edition. Publisher's original paper wrappers with titles in black to the upper cover and spine. A very good copy, the binding firm with a slight lean to the spine and a little splitting to the joints at the foot, rubbing to the covers, and minor wear to the extremities. The contents are clean throughout and remain free from any previous owners' inscriptions or stamps. A very good example of a scarce and important work.

An explosive exposé of vivisection by the Swedish-British feminist, animal rights activist, and vegetarian campaigner Lizzy Lind af Hageby (1878-1963) which led to national controversy and sparked riots on the streets of London. Lind af Hageby, along with her friend Leisa Schartau, enrolled at the London School of Medicine for Women in 1902 in order to advance their anti-vivisectionist education, attending vivisections at University College London. They published their experiences the following year in the powerfully written "Shambles of Science". What was to become its most controversial section - a chapter entitled "Fun", which recorded the repeated vivisection of a small brown dog without the proper use of anaesthetic in front of an audience of jovial medical students - was brought to wider attention by Stephen Coleridge, secretary of the British National Anti-Vivisection Society. This led to a very public libel case pursued by the physiologist and vivisector William Bayliss. Followed with intense interest by the press, it was a battle that Coleridge would ultimately lose. Subsequently, however, anti-vivisectionists decided to erect a bronze memorial statue to the unnamed "Brown Dog" in the Latchmere Recreation Ground in Battersea, a hotbed of radicalism during the period, and a centre for the anti-vivisection movement. The statue became a point of continued contention, and running clashes ensued, as a collection of animal advocates, feminists, progressives, trades unionists, and local people physically fought off repeated attempts by medical students to tear it down. The most notable clash occurred on 10th December 1907, as hundreds of medical students marching through central London waving effigies of the brown dog were faced down by 300 police officers. On one occasion the statue was even attacked with a sledgehammer, although was saved by its defenders. Notably, the students also took to violently disrupting suffragette meetings, which they associated with the anti-vivisection and vegetarian movements, one being broken up with stink-bombs and howls and cries of "down with the brown dog". The statue ended up under police guard, with the events surrounding it becoming known nationally as "The Brown Dog Affair". Lind af Hageby dedicated her life to both the women's movement and animal advocacy, as well as to the peace movement and the advancement of economic equality. She was active as a suffragist in the Women's Freedom League, served as a board member of the London Vegetarian Society, and also campaigned alongside Henry Salt in the Humanitarian League. This, her most famous work, helped to fuse the causes of animal advocacy and feminism in the popular mind, brought the issue of animal rights to the forefront of public debate, and gave birth to a cause célèbre that divided the nation. (Lansbury, Coral. "The Old Brown Dog: Women, Workers, and Vivisection in Edwardian England" (1985)).

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