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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2014: As a kid, Laurel Braitman read Charlotte’s Web and suspected that animals really could talk. As a PhD student at MIT studying scientific history, she again honed in on animals in her research. But it wasn’t until she and her husband adopted a Bernese Mountain Dog named Oliver that animal psychology became the puzzle she most urgently wanted to solve. Oliver was inexplicably, uncontrollably anxious, snapping at invisible flies and shredding furniture when he was left alone. When he chewed through a screen, leapt from a fourth-story window, and—incredibly--survived, Braitman became intent on finding a way to help him. In Animal Madness, she shares how “one anxious dog brought me the entire animal kingdom.” Elements of memoir make the story more poignant, but it’s primarily a lively, deeply researched history and an unflinching look at the trauma of modern-day captivity in medical labs and faux-natural zoos. What she discovered about how animal minds go awry and the ways their disorders--from depression to anxiety to OCD and PTSD--look so much like our own (and vice versa) challenge and transform our understanding of the animal experience. What she discovered about how they heal illuminates how humans, too, can come back from the brink. --Mari Malcolm
Buy two - one to loan (you won't get it back), and one to read again.
In it, Braitman shares science, anthropology, history, and personal narrative and weaves them all together using her elegant and engaging writing style.
You will also feel empathy--for the writer, the animals she loves, the world she explores, and for yourself.
In this fascinating and insightful book, Laurel Breitman argues that nonhuman animals (vertebrates) have minds that are similar in many respects to those of humans. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Gernie Doetsch
A very readable and well researched piece. A must for anyone interested in animal behaviour and our impact upon them.Published 8 days ago by andrew.liz
This book is well written, but I was not able to finish the book as I lost interest with all the other animals. That is just my preference for information regarding dogs and cats.Published 20 days ago by Carole Fromm
anything about dogs or animals is of interest to me so I'm biased. The author is very down to earth, not getting too technical in the analysis field, enough one can learn a lot... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Janet C. Shannon
If you've never read anything about or worked with aggressive dogs I suppose this is enlightening. There wasn't much new in here if you devour dog books and research, Interesting,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BGZap