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Animals, Humans and Health

ISBN: 978-1-60785-273-5

edited by Erica Fudge and Clare Palmer



The shared physicality of humans and animals -- as suggested by this early modern advice book on animal health -- was widely accepted in the seventeenth century. As historian Louise Hill Curth has noted, in this period ‘Almost all of the procedures that were used for humans were also applied to animals’ (Curth, 2010: 114). Since then, however, human and animal medicine appears to have taken a more dualistic form, with human medical care on one side and animal veterinary care on the other. The establishment of veterinary science as a separate profession, which took place during the nineteenth century, signalled that a very different model of care was -- and should be -- available for humans than for animals. A vet was never a human doctor, and vice versa. But this separation has rarely been more than skin-deep. Taking a close look at contemporary veterinary science, as we do in this living book, shows how difficult it is to maintain this separation. Everywhere humans and animals are entangled: we choose to share our homes with animals; we eat them; they both sicken and cure us. Equally, many animals rely on us for food and health; they invade ‘our’ spaces; they eat our (fleshy and other) waste; they suffer because of our illnesses. (more...)

The Context

Abigail Woods and Stephen Matthews 
“Little, if at all, Removed from the Illiterate Farrier or Cow-leech”: The English Veterinary Surgeon, c.1860-1885, and the Campaign for Veterinary Reform
Clare Palmer 
Animals in Anglo-American Philosophy
Stefan Gunnarsson 
The Conceptualisation of Health and Disease in Veterinary Medicine
Temple Grandin and Mark Deesing 
Distress in Animals: Is it Fear, Pain, or Physical Stress
John Law 
Care and Killing: Tensions in Veterinary Practice image reproduced with permission of Chris Chapman

The Practice

a) Agricultural Control

Miguel A. Velazquez 
Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Cattle: Applications in Livestock Production, Biomedical Research and Conservation Policy
Stig Einarsson, Ylva Brandt, Nils Lundeheim, and Andrzej Madej 
Stress and its Influence on Reproduction in Pigs: A Review
Bernard E. Rollin 
Animal Rights as a Mainstream Phenonemon

b) Domesticity and Order

Dipika Kadaba 
Rehabilitation of a Paraplegic Kitten with Acute Depression
Douglas Thamm and Steven Dow 
How Companion Animals Contribute to the Fight Against Cancer in Humans
Laura Ducceschi, Nicole Green and Crystal Miller Spiegel 
Dying to Learn: The Supply and Use of Companion Animals in US Colleges and Universities
J. K. Kirkwood 
Animals at Home – Pets as Pests: A Review

c) In Place / Out of Place

Valentina Merola 
Anticoagulant Rodenticides: Deadly for Pests, Dangerous for Pets
Erica Fudge 
Pest Friends
Lawrence Mugisha, Claudia Kücherer, Heinz Ellerbrok, Sandra Junglen, John Opuda-Asibo, Olobo O. Joseph, Georg Pauli and Fabian H. Leendertz 
Retroviruses in Wild-Born Semi-Captive East African Sanctuary Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)
K.B. Seidel and J.E. Rowell 
Canadian Muskoxen in Central Europe – a Zoo Veterinary Review’
Fabrice Capber 
Veterinary Care of Eurasian Otters (Lutra lutra) at the Otter Breeding Centre of Hunawihr (France)
Hope R. Ferdowsian, Debra L. Durham, Charles Kimwele, Godelieve Kranendonk,, Emily Otali, Timothy Akugizibwe, J. B. Mulcahy, Lilly Ajarova, Cassie Meré Johnson 
Signs of Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Chimpanzees

d) Entanglements

Jesús Á Lemus, Guillermo Blanco, Javier Grande, Bernardo Arroyo, Marino Garcia-Montijano, Felix Martinez 
Antibiotics Threaten Wildlife: Circulating Quinolone Residues and Disease in Avian Scavengers
Belén Vázques, Fernando Esperón, Elena Neves, Juan López, Carlos Ballesteros and Jesús Muñoz 
Screening for Several Potential Pathogens in Feral Pigeons (Columba livia) in Madrid
Chris Wilbert 
Profit, Plague and Poultry: The Intra-Active Worlds of Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu
Thom van Dooren 
Vultures and their People in India: Equity and Entanglement in a Time of Extinctions

The Future

Axel Konerup Hansen, Kristen Dahl and Dorte Bratbo Sørensen 
Rearing and Caring for a Future Xenograph Donor Pig
Alix Fano, Murry J. Cohen, Marjorie Cramer, Ray Greek, Stephen R. Kaufman 
Of Pigs, Primates, and Plagues: A Layperson’s Guide to the Problems with Animal-to-Human Organ Transplants
R. E. Weller 
Risk of Disease Spread Through Bioterrorism


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