JEDilworth bactitech at hortonsbay.com
Wed Nov 14 10:39:10 EST 2001

Yes, I realize that animal studies are necessary to move forward in
medicine.  My point is that I decided that I personally was not destined
to do this type of work after reacting like I did to the mouse

The following quarter I had signed up for some sort of physiology
course.  After attending the first day's class, it became apparent that
there would be animal experimentation involved in the course.  I
immediately dropped it.  I have been none the worse for wear over the
years because of the drop.

I think it is necessary to be realistic with students.  However,
photographs are much different than killing an animal before someone's

I cannot watch overtly violent films.  As my husband loves those
shoot-em-up guy movies, this sometimes restricts what we go to see when
we go out to a movie.  He's lived with it for over 25 years, though, so
it can be overcome.  I also won't watch movies with torture scenes,
which I guess Silence of the Lambs contains.  I told him I don't want
these images permanently etched in my brain.  Obviously one can't avoid
all of them.  My sister called me on the morning of 9/11 and told me
what was on the TV (I sleep late as I work second shift and don't
usually go to bed till 2).  My immediate thought was that I knew I was
going to see awful stuff and I really didn't want to see it.  I did turn
on the TV though, as obviously curiosity and the need to know sometimes
wins out, unfortunately.

Judy Dilworth, M.T. (ASCP)

"Larry D. Farrell" wrote:
> Judy, I am not saying that those procedures were desirable or even necessary, simply
> that they *were* done regularly in years past in standard teaching labs.....

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