By Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Kathryn Bowers
Within the spring of 2005, heart specialist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz was once referred to as to refer to on an strange sufferer: an Emperor tamarin on the l. a. Zoo. whereas analyzing the tiny monkey’s ailing middle, she realized that wild animals can die of a kind of cardiac arrest caused by severe emotional rigidity. It was once a syndrome just like a human yet one who veterinarians referred to as via a distinct name—and taken care of in cutting edge methods.
This extraordinary clinical parallel introduced Natterson-Horowitz on a trip of discovery that reshaped her complete 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 illnesses? Do they be afflicted by obsessive-compulsive disease, bulimia, habit?
The solutions have been spectacular. Dinosaurs suffered from mind melanoma. Koalas capture chlamydia. Reindeer search narcotic get away in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Stallions self-mutilate. Gorillas adventure medical melancholy.
becoming a member of forces with technological know-how journalist Kathryn Bowers, Natterson-Horowitz employs interesting case stories and meticulous scholarship to provide a revelatory figuring out of what animals can train 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 health and wellbeing. Delving into evolution, anthropology, sociology, biology, veterinary technology, and zoology, they holiday down the partitions among disciplines, redefining the limits 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 obtainable, providing state-of-the-art learn via fascinating narratives, this provocative publication encourages us to determine our crucial connection to all residing beings.
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