By Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Kathryn Bowers
Within the spring of 2005, heart specialist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz used to be known as to refer to on an strange sufferer: an Emperor tamarin on the la Zoo. whereas interpreting the tiny monkey’s ill center, she discovered that wild animals can die of a sort of cardiac arrest as a result of severe emotional pressure. It used to be a syndrome similar to a human situation yet one who veterinarians referred to as by way of a distinct name—and handled in cutting edge methods.
This awesome 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 ailment, bulimia, dependancy?
The solutions have been awesome. Dinosaurs suffered from mind melanoma. Koalas seize chlamydia. Reindeer search narcotic get away in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Stallions self-mutilate. Gorillas adventure medical melancholy.
becoming a member of forces with technology journalist Kathryn Bowers, Natterson-Horowitz employs attention-grabbing case experiences 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 overall healthiness. Delving into evolution, anthropology, sociology, biology, veterinary technology, 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 obtainable, delivering state of the art examine via eye-catching narratives, this provocative ebook encourages us to determine our crucial connection to all residing beings.
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