By 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 analyzing the tiny monkey’s unwell middle, she realized that wild animals can die of a kind of cardiac arrest caused by severe emotional rigidity. It was once a syndrome similar to a human yet person who veterinarians referred to as via a unique name—and taken care of in leading edge methods.
This striking 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 illnesses? Do they be afflicted by obsessive-compulsive ailment, bulimia, habit?
The solutions have been brilliant. Dinosaurs suffered from mind melanoma. Koalas trap chlamydia. Reindeer search narcotic break out in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Stallions self-mutilate. Gorillas adventure medical melancholy.
becoming a member of forces with technology journalist Kathryn Bowers, Natterson-Horowitz employs interesting case reviews and meticulous scholarship to provide a revelatory figuring out of what animals can train us in regards to 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 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 study via eye-catching narratives, this provocative publication encourages us to determine our crucial connection to all residing beings.
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