Writing About Medical Research – Top Marks!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, nonetheless a little while ago I was sent a research paper that a student submitted on animal research. It was so good that I asked her if I could reproduce it on SR (she said yes!).

Meredith Milligan’s paper “The Medical Necessity of Animal Research” is a shining example of a well thought out research paper on the animal testing issue. The full document can be downloaded below. In it you can find out how she comes to the following conclusion:

In the end, we will always be forced to pick between the lives of animals and the lives of humans. Vaccines, treatments, and procedures developed through animal testing continue to save thousands of lives every year, yet their production also costs animal lives. Because animal testing is essential to the acquisition of new medical knowledge and because there are no absolute alternatives to it, to save the lives of these animals, we would have to abandon all animal research.  We would have to abandon our search for treatments, and eventually cures, for AIDS, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and other deadly human diseases. Yet we must make a choice. Though steps have been taken, and should continue to be taken, to reduce the number of animals used in research, to refine experiments to minimize the discomfort of animals involved, and to replace animal testing when possible, animal testing cannot be eliminated from the scientific process. The cost, thousands of human lives that could be otherwise improved or potentially saved, would be far too great.

The full paper can be downloaded here (pdf document).

Hopefully papers such as these can support and inspire others to write similarly well researched, and well written articles for schools, news and elsewhere.

Regards

Tom Holder

2 responses to “Writing About Medical Research – Top Marks!

  1. The article chooses to site groups like SR as the source of information. While some of us might prefer the original source (i.e. locating our source and including that), it is nonetheless perfectly possible for the reader to do so instead.

    The paper, follows good structure, and makes a full and convincing argument for animal research. Sure, it could be more comprehensive – but who writes a 500 page report, when asked for a 10 page one. You can always make something more detailed, but Ms. Miligan has effectively drawn the line between length and detail

  2. Sorry. You’re confusing a paper that you agree with and a well researched and argued paper. If it’s a high school paper it’s pretty well written, and organized, but with really only your web-site and a British analogue as primary sources, its pretty thin on research. Shouldn’t probably get a good grade in a College level class, lacks sophistication in research and critical evaluation of sources. As a sort of book report of your web site and the British one, maybe not bad, competent at least. But, tell her to look up “principle” and “principal.”