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February 9, 2000

Animal Research and Human Disease

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(6):743-744. doi:10.1001/jama.283.6.741

To the Editor: We dispute the underlying assumption in the Medical News & Perspectives article1 about animal experimentation.

Those who tout the supposed benefits from animal experimentation often have a vested interest in the "product," not unlike the tobacco companies, which for many years extolled the health benefits of smoking. Many setbacks to progress and harm to humans have resulted from experiments on animals, including the following:

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