Philosophical Quarterly 45 (179):141-160 (1995)

Hugh LaFollette
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Biomedical researchers claim there is significant biomedical information about humans which can be discovered only through experiments on intact animal systems (AMA p. 2). Although epidemiological studies, computer simulations, clinical investigation, and cell and tissue cultures have become important weapons in the biomedical scientists' arsenal, these are primarily "adjuncts to the use of animals in research" (Sigma Xi p. 76). Controlled laboratory experiments are the core of the scientific enterprise. Biomedical researchers claim these should be conducted on intact biological systems, whole animals. By observing the effects of various stimuli in non-human animals, we can form legitimate expectations about the likely effects of these stimuli in humans. Perhaps more importantly, we can understand the biomedical condition's causal mechanisms.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.2307/2220412
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 51,707
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Aspects of Scientific Explanation.Asa Kasher - 1965 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 37 (4):747-749.
Understanding Scientific Reasoning.Ronald N. Giere - 1991 - Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.

View all 15 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The ‘Big Picture’: The Problem of Extrapolation in Basic Research.Tudor M. Baetu - 2016 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 67 (4):941-964.
Extrapolation, Analogy, and Comparative Process Tracing.Francesco Guala - 2010 - Philosophy of Science 77 (5):1070-1082.
Generative Models: Human Embryonic Stem Cells and Multiple Modeling Relations.Melinda Bonnie Fagan - 2016 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 56:122-134.

View all 17 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles


Added to PP index

Total views
108 ( #84,452 of 2,333,198 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #396,114 of 2,333,198 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes