Acta Cirurgica Brasileira
On-line version ISSN 1678-2674
D'ACAMPORA, Armando José; ROSSI, Lucas Félix; ELY, Jorge Bins and VASCONCELLOS, Zulmar Acciolli de. Is animal experimentation fundamental?. Acta Cir. Bras. [online]. 2009, vol.24, n.5, pp. 423-425. ISSN 1678-2674. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-86502009000500015.
The understanding about the utilization of experimental animals in scientific research and in teaching is many times a complex issue. Special attention needs to be paid to attain the understanding by the general public of the importance of animal experimentation in experimental research and in undergraduate medical teaching. Experimental teaching and research based on the availability of animals for experimentation is important and necessary for the personal and scientific development of the physician-to-be. The technological arsenal which intends to mimic experimentation animals and thus fully replace their use many times does not prove to be compatible with the reality of the living animal. The purpose of this paper is to discuss aspects concerning this topic, bringing up an issue which is complex and likely to arouse in-depth reflections.
Keywords : Education, Medical, Undergraduate; Research; Models, Animal; Animal Experimentation; Teaching.