posted on Feb, 26 2011 @ 05:53 AM
I don't know if this has been said or not, but this set of experiments was performed in the USSR (from memory) - they don't continue with such
horrific studies any more (ethics committees are pretty strict). There have been quite a number of similar experiments hailing from the USA, too. Two
that stick in my mind are
1. A gentleman named Robert White (en.wikipedia.org...
) who performed a monkey head transplant in the 1970's.
2. Robert White's work was inspired by another man, Vladimir Demikhov (another USSR man), who created a number of two headed dogs, some of which
survived for months.
I think it's worth noting for at least these two, that while the experiments a definitely abhorrent in their nature, they were ground breaking for
their time and were designed to pave the way for organ transplantation.
The same could be said for Sergei Bryukhonenko's work. Morally wrong by modern standards, but the idea behind the study was not to maim dogs - it was
to investigate methods of resuscitation. This is an abstract from a work (also Soviet) that came as a direct result of Bryukhonenko:
One of the most complicated problems of resuscitation is the reanimation of a man or a warm-blooded animal after death due to drowning. According
to the available data drowning is the third most common cause of death by accidents; the mortality rate is especially high in young people.
The difficulty of revival of animals or patients who have died from drowning arises from the finding that the lungs are filled with water in 90% of
cases (Gonzales, 1940). During the agonal phase spasm of bronchioles and inflation of lungs often occur. At autopsy of drowned subjects recently taken
out of the water it is impossible to remove the water and air from the lungs by compressing them by hand, as Bryukhonenko and his colleagues observed
in the early 1930s. He believed that in many cases of sudden clinical death, death finally occurred because of complete inhibition of the whole
central nervous system, as the regulating apparatus was lost last (S.S. Bryukhonenko, unpublished observations)
Taking into account the difficulty of resuscitation, and the absence of an effective method for revival of animals and patients who have died from
drowning, we decided to test the effectiveness of artificial circulation in dogs.
NOTE: I am in no way
advocating these sorts of experiments. There is a reason we have ethics committees and why these sorts of things aren't
done any more. All I am saying is that you should get a little perspective on their reasoning before labelling them simply as 'monsters', or what have
Also, I think there were suspicions that this was a hoax. It wasn't. The article I linked above has multiple references to Bryukhonenko's work. Also,
I do believe that Bryukhonenko made another apparatus akin to the one in the youtube video, which is now on display in a museum somewhere.
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