The Rabbit Test

From “Squirrels and Other Fur-bearers” by John Burroughs, 1909 Public domain

After the discovery of hormones in the early 20th century, new methods of pregnancy testing were developed. Some of these involved animal use, but how did the rabbit test work, and when did it get replaced?

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