By Smyth, D.H.
The public demand for medical advances which will alleviate the suffering and premature death caused by disease finds its expression in the provision of large sums of public and private money to finance medical research. This social pressure for continuing medical advances would appear to imply an acceptance of the methods employed in medical research including the use of experimental animals. Public esteem for medical research is, however, balanced by a public concern for animal welfare. There has been a growing demand, particularly in the UK, for a stricter control of the use of animals for research and, most recently, that "alternatives" be found for experimental animals. At the suggestion of the Research Defence Society, the author has set out the issues involved in this debate. The author explains why living animals are used in medical studies and the legislation which controls and sometimes even demands their use. Table of Contents: Foreword; Preface; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Living Matter; Chapter 3: Biomedical Research; Chapter 4: Toxicity Testing; Chapter 5: Biologicals; Chapter 6: Safety Evaluation and Consumer Protection; Chapter 7: Alternatives; Chapter 8: Some Questions about Alternatives; Chapter 9: Summing Up; Appendix 1: Abbreviations; Appendix 2: Persons consulted; Appendix 3: Some relevant Acts of Parliament; Appendix 4: Activities in Parliament; Appendix 5: Interested parties; Appendix 6: Biographical note on the author; References; Index of proper names.
Comments & References: 218 pages. Hardcover. In Association with The Research Defence Society, London, U.K.