Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing

Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Kathryn Bowers


within the spring of 2005, heart specialist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz used to be referred to as to refer to on an strange sufferer: an Emperor tamarin on the la Zoo. whereas interpreting the tiny monkey’s in poor health center, she discovered that wild animals can die of a kind of cardiac arrest caused by severe emotional pressure. It used to be a syndrome similar to a human yet person who veterinarians known as through a special name—and taken care of in cutting edge methods.

This notable scientific parallel introduced Natterson-Horowitz on a trip of discovery that reshaped her whole method of drugs. She started to look for different connections among the human and animal worlds: Do animals get breast melanoma, anxiety-induced fainting spells, sexually transmitted ailments? Do they be afflicted by obsessive-compulsive disease, bulimia, dependancy?

The solutions have been outstanding. Dinosaurs suffered from mind melanoma. Koalas seize chlamydia. Reindeer search narcotic get away in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Stallions self-mutilate. Gorillas adventure scientific melancholy.

becoming a member of forces with technology journalist Kathryn Bowers, Natterson-Horowitz employs attention-grabbing case reviews and meticulous scholarship to provide a revelatory realizing of what animals can educate us concerning the human physique and brain. “Zoobiquity” is the time period the authors have coined to consult a brand new, species-spanning method of healthiness. Delving into evolution, anthropology, sociology, biology, veterinary technological know-how, and zoology, they holiday down the partitions among disciplines, redefining the bounds of medicine.

Zoobiquity explores how animal and human commonality can be utilized to diagnose, deal with, and heal sufferers of all species. either authoritative and available, providing state-of-the-art learn via appealing narratives, this provocative publication encourages us to determine our crucial connection to all residing beings.

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