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Animals-as-Patients: Improving the Practice of Animal Experimentation

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In this paper we propose a new way of conceptualizing animals in

    experimentation: the animal-as-patient. Construing and treating animals

    as patients offers a way of successfully addressing some of the

    entrenched epistemological and ethical problems within a practice of

    animal experimentation directed to human clinical benefit. This approach

    is grounded in an epistemological insight and builds on work

    with so-called “pet models”. It relies upon the occurrence and characterization

    of analogous human and nonhuman animal diseases, where,

    if certain criteria of homology and mechanism are met, the animal

    simultaneously becomes a patient and a spontaneous model of the

    human disease.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Johnson, J. & Degeling, C. (2012). Animals-as-Patients: Improving the Practice of Animal Experimentation. Between the Species: an online journal for the study of philosophy and animals, 15 (1), 43-58.

Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 43

End Page


  • 58

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • In this paper we propose a new way of conceptualizing animals in

    experimentation: the animal-as-patient. Construing and treating animals

    as patients offers a way of successfully addressing some of the

    entrenched epistemological and ethical problems within a practice of

    animal experimentation directed to human clinical benefit. This approach

    is grounded in an epistemological insight and builds on work

    with so-called “pet models”. It relies upon the occurrence and characterization

    of analogous human and nonhuman animal diseases, where,

    if certain criteria of homology and mechanism are met, the animal

    simultaneously becomes a patient and a spontaneous model of the

    human disease.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Johnson, J. & Degeling, C. (2012). Animals-as-Patients: Improving the Practice of Animal Experimentation. Between the Species: an online journal for the study of philosophy and animals, 15 (1), 43-58.

Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 43

End Page


  • 58

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United States