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Opens up a new perspective on the history of modern medicine in which animals and their diseases take centre stage
Explores the complex combined history of medicine and veterinary medicine
Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras
Part of the book series: Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History (MBSMH)
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Table of contents (7 chapters)
About this book
This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.
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.
Each chapter analyses an important episode in which animals changed and were changed by medicine. Ranging across the animal inhabitants of Britain’s zoos, sick sheep on Scottish farms, unproductive livestock in developing countries, and the tapeworms of California and Beirut, they illuminate the multi-species dimensions of modern medicine and its rich historical connections with biology, zoology, agriculture and veterinary medicine. The modern movement for One Health – whose history is also analyzed – is therefore revealed as just the latest attempt to improve health by working across species and disciplines.
This book will appeal to historians of animals, science and medicine, to those involved in the promotion and practice of One Health today.
“This is a methodologically well-grounded book, full of documentation, on one of the major shifts in animal health history through the centuries. It illustrates a rarely explored aspect of current globalization that goes beyond internationalization, and illustrates the concept of ‘globality’ in the life sciences with the logical consequence of medicine being fundamentally as unitary as life. … a descriptive book that explores the development of a current phenomenon in society.” (Alain Touwaide, Doody's Book Reviews, November, 2018)
“Animals and the Making of Modern Medicine demonstrates the distance that can be traveled, and the depth of connections that can be revealed, when we break through disciplinary boundaries and challenge the norms that define – and limit – our scholarly pursuits.” (Georgina M. Montgomery, Journal of the History of Biology, Vol. 51, 2018)
Authors and Affiliations
Department of History, Kings College London, London, United Kingdom
Department of History, Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom
Department of Politics, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
Rachel Mason Dentinger
About the authors
Abigail Woods is Professor of the History of Human and Animal Health and Head of the Department of History at King’s College London, UK.
Michael Bresalier is Lecturer in the History of Medicine at Swansea University, UK.
Angela Cassidy is a Lecturer in the Politics department, University of Exeter, UK.Rachel Mason Dentinger is a Scholar-In-Residence and Associate Instructor at the University of Utah, USA.
Book Title: Animals and the Shaping of Modern Medicine
Book Subtitle: One Health and its Histories
Authors: Abigail Woods, Michael Bresalier, Angela Cassidy, Rachel Mason Dentinger
Series Title: Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
License: CC BY
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-64336-6Published: 18 January 2018
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-74118-5Published: 08 March 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-64337-3Published: 29 December 2017
Series ISSN: 2947-9142
Series E-ISSN: 2947-9150
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XVII, 280
Number of Illustrations: 5 illustrations in colour