The “pathetic illusion” of animal-modelled drugs

JS and RC Greek Date of publication: 01/01/2000


An extended written text extract from Sacred Cows and Golden Geese discussing the problems that arise when animal experiment data is used in medical research. These include false positive and negative indications of potential harm or therapeutic value to humans. The authors describe laboratory animal protocols in drug development and testing as “senseless and dangerous”. Alternative and highly valuable methods for research based on human studies are discussed in detail.