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Sen. Summerville Recovering from Surgery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Sen. Jim Summerville is recovering after undergoing an unexpected surgery.
Senate Republican Caucus spokeswoman Darlene Schlicher said in a news release this week that the Dickson Republican became ill at his home on Wednesday and was transported to Nashville.
She didn’t provide any details about the illness, but said the surgery went well and Summerville was expected to stay in the hospital for several days

UT Students Practicing Surgery on Pigs

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A physician’s group said Wednesday that the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga is breaking the law by having students use pigs in surgical training instead of working on human patient simulators like most other medical schools.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine asked District Attorney Bill Cox in Chattanooga in a letter to investigate and stop violations of Tennessee’s animal cruelty statute. The Washington, D.C.- based physicians group promotes alternatives to animal research.
“Of the 177 accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada, only three use live animals to train students in surgery clerkships,” according to the letter. It was signed by Dr. John J. Pippin, the committee’s director of academic affairs, and two Tennessee physicians, Dr. Robert Burns of Memphis and Dr. Jennifer Ellis of Clarksville.
The letter contends that using pigs in the training violates Tennessee’s animal cruelty law but Cox said the state statute excludes livestock.
“We received the letter and we reviewed the statute and the Legislature has deemed swine to be classified as livestock rather than domesticated animals'” Cox said.

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