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Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing


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Hardcover, Random House Inc, 2012, ISBN13 9780307593481, ISBN10 0307593487
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Draws on a wide range of disciplines to explore the parallels between humans and animals and what nature can teach about the human mind and body, sharing case studies about animal and human commonalities to explain new developments in health care.

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Draws on a wide range of disciplines to explore the parallels between humans and animals and what nature can teach about the human mind and body, sharing case studies about animal and human commonalities to explain new developments in health care.

In the spring of 2005, cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz was called to consult on an unusual patient: an Emperor tamarin at the Los Angeles Zoo. While examining the tiny monkey's sick heart, she learned that wild animals can die of a form of cardiac arrest brought on by extreme emotional stress. It was a syndrome identical to a human condition but one that veterinarians called by a different name--and treated in innovative ways.
This remarkable medical parallel launched Natterson-Horowitz on a journey of discovery that reshaped her entire approach to medicine. She began to search for other connections between the human and animal worlds: Do animals get breast cancer, anxiety-induced fainting spells, sexually transmitted diseases? Do they suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia, addiction?
The answers were astonishing. Dinosaurs suffered from brain cancer. Koalas catch chlamydia. Reindeer seek narcotic escape in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Stallions self-mutilate. Gorillas experience clinical depression.
Joining forces with science journalist Kathryn Bowers, Natterson-Horowitz employs fascinating case studies and meticulous scholarship to present a revelatory understanding of what animals can teach us about the human body and mind. "Zoobiquity" is the term the authors have coined to refer to a new, species-spanning approach to health. Delving into evolution, anthropology, sociology, biology, veterinary science, and zoology, they break down the walls between disciplines, redefining the boundaries of medicine.
"Zoobiquity" explores how animal and human commonality can be used to diagnose, treat, and heal patients of all species. Both authoritative and accessible, offering cutting-edge research through captivating narratives, this provocative book encourages us to see our essential connection to all living beings.


Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Jun 2012
ISBN-13: 9780307593481
ISBN-10: 0307593487
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 308
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.45
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.75 x 9.5 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 9780307593481

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Zoobiquity well explains the relationship between man and other life on our planet in an easy to understand fashion helping the reader to grasp the importance of our actions for both good and bad results. The authors explain connections for diseases and complications such as cancer, sudden infant death syndrome, autoimmune deficiency, West Nile virus, sexually transmitted diseases, bullying, obesity, addictions, adolescent difficulties and a host of other problems. This book is a must read for any human trying to understand the world and their place in it.

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