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German Methods, English Morals: Physiological Networks and the Question of Callousness, c. 1870–81

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This chapter focuses on the question of German influence in the rise of English physiology, and the specific issue of the degree to which concerns about institutionalized callousness were represented as fears of the importation of a peculiar German scientific morality. These fears were exacerbated by a generational mistrust among senior English and Scottish scientists, suspicious of professionalization and specialization among younger physiologists who were spearheading the new physiology, having been trained either in Germany or by Germans. The chapter also examines the question of English influence upon German antivivisection. This takes two strands: first, a reaction of German antivivisectionists to what they saw as a worthy, if not superior, English humanity; second, a reaction of German scientists to antivivisection couched within anti-Germanism.

Keywords: English humanity; English physiology; German antivivisection; German scientific morality

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