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From The Ark Number 189 - Winter 2001

Book Review

Vivisection or science?
An investigation into testing drugs and safeguarding health,
by Pietro Croce
Zed Books, (new edition, 2001) 14.95

Since Italian scientist Professor Pietro Croce converted from being involved in vivisection, he has become a leading campaigner against animal experimentation. This is a book which can be used to refute the arguments of the stubbornly unconverted, as it is scientifically credible - even the British Medical Journal calling it ‘a balanced and thoroughly researched book’. It shows how the use of animals as an experimental model for humans is methodologically flawed and unscientific, and that experimenting on animals is a ‘slippery slope’ to experimenting on humans. (Isn’t that borne out by the recent announcement that work has started on cloning human embryos? Didn’t we warn that Dolly-the-sheep would not be the end of the road?). Not that this is just negative, for Croce also explains how alternative (or, Croce’s preferred term ‘scientific’) methods can be used more effectively.

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