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

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9783319643373
ISBN (Print)9783319643366
Publication statusSubmitted - 7 Apr 2017

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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.

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