It is argued that a concept of evaluation of animal models that is broader and more useful than validation is available. Productive generativity refers to the degree to which a model furthers understanding and leads to more-effective treatment interventions. Results of the application of this novel evaluative frame to several animal models of eating disorders show that this animal-based research has not been productive. The question of the relation between clinic and animal laboratory is discussed.
Shapiro, K. (1999, August). Evaluation of animal model research. Paper presented at the 3rd World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, Bologna, Italy.