Thursday, January 15, 2009

The ethics of animal experimentation

Today, I read with interest this paper on animal experimentation that was published today: Niall Shanks, Ray Greek and Jean Greek, Are animal models predictive for humans?
Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2009, 4:2 (doi:10.1186/1747-5341-4-2). The authors look at the contentious claim that animal models are not good predictors of human response to drugs and other chemicals, and conclude that the literature supports this claim. The paper raises interesting ethical and policy implications.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Health and Development. Toward a Matrix Approach


The book I edited with Anna Gatti, Health and Development. Toward a Matrix Approach (Palgrave Macmillan 2009) is available. A sample chapter can be downloaded here.

Here is the Table of Contents:

Preface; L. Brilliant and H. Rosling
Introduction: Toward a Matrix Approach; A. Gatti and A. Boggio

PART I: THE GLOBAL HEALTH ARENA
Global Health: Getting it Right; L. Garrett and K. Schneider
The World Health Organization and its Role in Health and Development; R. Koskenmaki, E. Granziera and G. L. Burci
Beyond the Matrix: Thinking Three-dimensionally About Social Determinants of Health; T. Schrecker and R. Labonté
Research and Innovation in Health and Development; S. A. Matlin

PART II: HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT: PERSPECTIVES AND EXPERIENCES
Health and Evolution; F. C. Sforza
Health and Development: An Economic Perspective; D. Evans
Health, Development, and Human Rights; S. Marks
Health and Development: An Ethics Perspective; A. Boggio

PART III: GLOBAL HEALTH AND VULNERABILITY
Health and Development: The Role of International Organizations in Population Ageing; C. Phillipson, C. Estes and E. Portacolone
Child Health and Development; L. Richter and C. Desmond
Women Health and Development; L. Manderson

PART IV: THE INTERRELATION BETWEEN SPECIFIC DISEASE AND DEVELOPMENT
Long Term Impacts of Leading Chronic Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Comparative Analysis; D. Stuckler and D. Yach
Strategies for Financing Universal Access to Health Care and Prevention: Lessons Learned and Perspective for the 21st Century; S. Spinaci and V. Crowel
HIV Epidemic and Response: Social, Economic and Development Impact; K. A. Kutch, D. Yu and Y. Souteyrand
Global TB Control: Persisting Problems, Shifting Solutions; M. W. Uplekar and M. C. Raviglione