Animal models can assist medicine in humans. (Letters)

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Date: June 15, 2002
From: British Medical Journal(Vol. 324, Issue 7351)
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
Document Type: Letter to the editor
Length: 438 words

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EDITOR--The debate about whether we can learn from animals is far more subtle than the rapid responses to Roberts et al's systematic review of fluid resuscitation after haemorrhage suggest. (1 2) It depends on the problem and on the species of the animal; the lessons of comparative medicine are most useful when the model has sufficient similarities to suggest its relevance and enough differences to make it informative. Blanket assertions that we cannot learn from animals are naive, but many generalisations about humans fail when we look at ethnic differences and genetic predisposition.

Several odd points arise in Roberts et al's systematic review.

Firstly, the authors confuse treatment aimed...

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