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Animals and Public Health: Why Treating Animals Better is Critical to Human Welfare (Palgrave MacMillan Animal Ethics) Hardcover – March 13, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0230249738 ISBN-10: 0230249736

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Product Details

  • Series: Palgrave MacMillan Animal Ethics
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230249736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230249738
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is an excellent book. The message is one we all need to appreciate and the book is well written.' William Clifford Roberts, MD, Executive Director, Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute
Editor in Chief, The American Journal of Cardiology, USA


'[Aysha Akhtar's] emphasis on the connection between animal welfare and public health is innovative ... The book will be a leading work in this area of animal ethics.' -Tom Beauchamp, Professor of Philosophy and Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, USA

"In this book Aysha Akhtar accomplishes what no other recent author has managed to do in a book on human health: provide a cogent and balanced argument for the importance of accepting the intimate relationship between humans and other animals for our own health, that of other animals, and of the planet. Most books on public health consider human health in an evolutionary and biological vacuum. Animals and Public Health takes the opposite approach. It defines public health in its natural biological context, providing insight into why we will never be free of human public health issues without considering the inextricable connection with the welfare of other animals. The wonder of this book is that Akhtar is able to effectively combine a wealth of scientific information with arguments for compassion for other animals. In doing so, she elegantly shows that concerns for the welfare of humans and other animals are not at odds, but, rather, one in the same issue. We are all in this together." -Lori Marino,Emory University, USA

About the Author

AYSHA AKHTAR, M.D., M.P.H. is a double-Board certified neurologist and public health specialist, a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and works with the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

More About the Author

Aysha Akhtar is a double-Board certified neurologist and public health specialist. She is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and works in the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats of the Food and Drug Administration. She specializes in the connection between animals and human health and on vaccine and drug safety/efficacy and biosurveillance. You can visit her website at: www.ayshaakhtar.com

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Allison G. on April 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a public health professional working in disaster preparedness, I find Dr. Akhtar's text thought-provoking and germane to so many health issues facing our nation. Katrina highlighted the importance of considering pet rescue as an effective part of public health preparedness planning. It is now a widely accepted necessity in disaster preparedness. Foodborne outbreaks kill people every year. But, we can prevent a large number of them through correcting common industry practices. We, as a nation, are not prepared to give up our myriad relationships with animals. But, as Dr. Akhtar points out again and again, we can have a profound impact on public health if we reform and improve upon them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erin on April 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading this book. As a nurse of 15+ years and currently a student studying public health, I was intrigued when one of my professors recommended this book. The title threw me off balance--what does how we treat animals have to do with public health? I admit my focus (up to this point) was rather narrow and I was just concerned with how I can better care for my patients. This book broadened my horizons as to all the areas of public health I was unaware of (there are so many!). Of course I read the news and am aware of most of the animal issues that the author discussions, but I NEVER made a connection between those animal issues and public health. I'll be using this book in my studies and writings and I recommend it to other public health students. This should be required reading!

P. Erin Slabbstofu
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K Man on April 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I got this book as a gift from a "friend" who thought it might give me pause for thought - she is forever hopeful that I might become the fine human she thought she was setting her life up with but that's another story.

Anyway, I am a very open minded person but must admit have been pretty resolutely in the camp of "humans are at the top for a reason". As I said, I am open minded but the normal arguments in favor of better treatment for animals really flies in the face of the fact that to harvest animals for food, clothing, medical testing etc is really a horribly brutal Business (note the big B because it is not a matter of organic family farms but I accepted that) and if you are for it, you need to accommodate your feelings to accept this.

That being said however, I have come to a very different if very complicated understanding and conclusion after reading Dr. Akhter's book. Its actually almost painful because I now have to re-assess many things that I thought I had moved past in terms of animals. In some ways, I wish I hadnt read the book but the book is a pretty compelling page turner and in truth it elevated some of my own concerns that I thought i had put to rest. I think the book accomplishes this because it is not preaching and Dr. Akhtar shows her obvious understanding of the linkages between our treatment of animals and our own well being as individual humans and as a society.

My goal now is to try and get a few friends to read the book because it is a game changer in terms of realigning your thinking in a very concrete way to other goals you may have regarding your health, the environment, and society but which you realize are not going to materialize unless there is some compelling action that is very contrary to what you have become accustomed to.

Great book Dr. Akhtar and will be looking for more from you. Thank you.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stacy on April 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is a game-changer. It will make people re-evaluate how they relate and treat animals. As the book shows, it's not us or the animals -- we need to see that treating animals with respect and kindness will benefit us. Although I have no background in medicine or health, I found the book fascinating and easy to read. It was written for a wide audience and I highly recommend it!
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