Pavlov’s Brother

I am in the US this week. Every time I come here, I pick up a copy of The New Yorker at the airport.

In this week’s edition, there is an entertaining short article that begins:

“Before Dr. Ivan Pavlov won worldwide fame for his experiment proving that dogs could be made to salivate at the ringing of a bell, he performed a nearly identical experiment on his younger brother, Nikolai. That experiment and its regrettable aftermath have only recently come to light, but they have already added fuel to the ongoing ethical debate over whether it is better to conduct scientific experiments on laboratory animals or on one’s own relatives.”

Click here to read the full article.

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