Letters

Supportive evidence is lacking for report on animal studies

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7371.1038/a (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1038
  1. Pandora Pound, research fellow,
  2. Shah Ebrahim, professor in epidemiology of ageing
  1. Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PR

    EDITOR—As Dobson notes, the House of Lords Select Committee on Animals in Scientific Procedures concluded that animal experiments were necessary but that more needs to be done to develop and promote alternative methods.1

    Although it is clear that the committee sought the views and opinions of a wide range of experts, we were struck throughout by the lack of published, peer reviewed evidence to support one of its important conclusions: “On balance, we are convinced that experiments on animals have contributed greatly …

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