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The Mongoose Becomes a "Guinea Pig"

Two sailors capture a mongoose
Description: Drawing, Charcoal on Paper; by Joseph Hirsch; C. 1943; Unframed Dimensions 24H X 24W
Accession #: 88-159-FG as a Gift of Abbott Laboratories
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The experimental surgical procedure about to be undertaken here is unique in that the `guinea pig" is a mongoose, an animal practically unknown in hospital laboratories elsewhere in the world, inasmuch as it is quarantined from nearly every country. It is particularly well suited for experimental research in internal medicine and surgery. The mongoose is extant in Hawaii, where this picture was made, because the animal was imported there from the East Indies by sugar planters to rid their cane fields of rats.

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