Ok. This is just gross and disturbing and frightening. The current senator of Tennesee, one of the potential 2008 presidential candidates, admitted in his 1989 book "Transplant" that he used to take cats home from the animal shelter, treat them like pets, then take them to his lab to "experiment" on them. I'm sorry. I think this was the plot to some mad scientist horror movie. This is not real life. Cause that's insane. And it's even more insane that you can say you did something like this and people will still vote for you. I have to ask. What the fuck is wrong with you people?
He fessed up in his 1989 book, "Transplant," to adopting cats from shelters when he was in medical school, treating them like pets for a while, and then using them in his research experiments.
He made his case in "Transplant" for saving lives by learning through experiments with animals while at Harvard. It's the part where he kept them as pets first that is bothersome.
"Desperate, obsessed with my work, I visited the various animal shelters in the Boston suburbs, collecting cats, taking them home, treating them as pets for a few days, then carting them off to the lab to die in the interests of science. And medicine. And health care. And treatment of disease. And my project.
"It was, of course, a heinous and dishonest thing to do, and I was totally schizoid about the entire matter. By day, I was little Billy Frist, the boy who lived on Bowling Avenue in Nashville and had decided to become a doctor because of his gentle father and a dog named Scratchy. By night, I was Dr. William Harrison Frist, future cardiothoracic surgeon, who was not going to let a few sentiments about cute, furry little creatures stand in the way of his career. In short, I was going a little crazy."
Frist recently commented about the power he felt when holding the last beats of a dog's heart in his hand. Good thing little Scratchy had a decent hiding place while Frist was in med school.
Er.........treated them as pets first? That's just so weird and wrong. And that holding the dog's heart thing being empowering? That's also weird and wrong.