Animals and the Shaping of Modern Medicine: One Health and its Histories

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This book breaks new ground by situating animals and their diseases at the very heart of modern medicine. In demonstrating their historical significance as subjects and shapers of medicine, it offers important insights into past animal lives, and reveals that what we think of as ‘human’ medicine was in fact deeply zoological. Ranging across the health histories of British zoo animals, Scottish sheep, livestock in developing countries, and the study of tapeworms in California and Beirut, it illuminates the multi-species dimensions of modern medicine and its rich historical connections with biology, zoology, agriculture and veterinary medicine. The history of the current movement for One Health is also analysed, and revealed as just the latest of many attempts to improve health by working across species and disciplines.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages280
ISBN (Electronic)9783319643373
ISBN (Print)9783319643366, 9783319741185
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameMedicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • Veterinary medicine
  • Medical sciences
  • History of Medicine
  • Medicine


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