Switching swine for simulators: At what cost?

Collier, Roger
October 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;10/7/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 8, p759
Academic Journal
The article discusses the issue on the use of swine animals as simulators in medical research. Physicians have different views on whether to use or not to use swine animals as simulators for medical research and laboratories. The rampant use of swine animals in some medical laboratories is because of their anatomical affinity with humans. Some doctors who provide early care for accident victims have practiced surgical procedures on pigs as part of their popular trauma course. However, other doctors refuse to participate in animal laboratories because they claim that it is unnecessary to kill animals for alternatives in training doctors. Furthermore, different views from animal advocates and doctors not in favor with using swine as simulators are discussed.


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