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Old September 19 2013, 06:17 AM   #68
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Re: Vegetarians - you will ove this child

Tora Ziyal wrote: View Post
I dissected a frog in high school biology in the '60's.
So did I. The frogs were pithed, as described in Wiki:
. . . a procedure used in biology classes to immobilize a specimen, for instance a frog, by inserting a needle up through the base of the skull (from the back) and then wiggling the needle around, destroying the brain. It allows for dissecting the frog, as well as observing its living physiology, such as the beating heart and expansion and contraction of the lungs, without causing unnecessary pain to the animal. The specimen remains living because respiration continues through the skin without cerebral control.

Gary Larson pitched pithed frogs in a Far Side cartoon. The husband frog is driving erratically, causing his wife to complain, "Honey, you're driving like you're pithed."
As far as I can remember, no one in the class expressed any ethical objection to the dissection of living but insensible frogs.
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