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Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 12, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0307593481 ISBN-10: 0307593487 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307593487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307593481
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If common ancestors with worms, fish, and apes lie in our past, then Zoobiquity points the way to our future. The connections we share with the rest of life on our planet are a source of beauty and, in Natterson-Horowitz and Bowers’ luminous new account, the inspiration for an emerging and powerful approach to human health. Zoobiquity is a book that explodes barriers and myths all in the purpose of bettering the human condition.”
Neil Shubin, paleontologist and author of Your Inner Fish
Zoobiquity is full of fascinating stories of intersection between human and nonhuman medicine — fish that faint; dinosaur cancers; human treatments that cure dogs of melanoma; lessons from adolescent elephant behavior that explain human teenagers. I was beguiled.”
—Atul Gawande, M.D.
“Centered on an insight rich with consequences, this beautifully written book is loaded with fascinating material that makes a compelling case for viewing human health and disease comparatively. We have more to learn from other species than I had ever suspected. Gripping and memorably engaging, it belongs in the hands of anyone with an ounce of curiosity about the biological sources of the human condition.”
—Stephen Stearns, PhD., Edward P. Bass Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
 “Fascinating reading about the similarities in both the physiology and behavior of people and animals.”
—Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

“astute and funny… revelatory…Zoobiquity is as clarion and perception-altering as works by Oliver Sacks, Michael Pollan, and E. O. Wilson.” –Booklist
“The book features countless intriguing anecdotes of cross-species health problems…after finishing, you’re guaranteed to never look at your dog, cat, or any other animal the same way again.” –Publisher’s Weekly 
“A groundbreaker written for the lay reader.” –Library Journal, 12/12/11
“Engaging and accessible…This book not only speaks to the medical zeitgeist, it is also often profound. It will appeal to readers of Temple Grandin, Oliver Sacks, Neil Shubin, E.O. Wilson, Atul Gawande, and others writing about medicine and health. Highly recommended.” –Library Journal, 8/17/12
“Like the best narrative nonfiction, this book will appeal to a wide range of readers...But this book is more than popular science; by combining human and veterinary medicine, the authors seek to change our view of the human place in the animal kingdom, and, with it, the way we treat illness, regardless of the species of the sufferer…vivid and illuminating.” –Politics & Prose
“a very credible argument for collaboration between disciplines…entertaining and beautifully written.” –New York Journal of Books
“you will find the argument hard to resist. Plus you will have some killer dinner party gems. Who could resist the story of lemurs with erectile dysfunction, or the iguanas that ejaculate prematurely?” –New Scientist
“the authors provide solid evidence that humans are not as far removed from the rest of the natural world as we might have thought. Engaging, useful account of the similarities between humans and other animals.” –Kirkus Review
“Zoobiquity reinforces the interconnectedness of life on Earth…In another words, we’re all in this together.” –The Globe and Mail
“Illuminating…This very engaging book is difficult to put down. It provides lots of information in an easy-to-understand manner that doesn’t feel overwhelming, perhaps because of the liberal use of humor throughout. Reading Zoobiquity gave this reader a totally new perspective on his furred and feathered neighbors.” –The Boston Globe
“Groundbreaking…essential…truly innovative…the concepts in Zoobiquity are presented so clearly and documented so extensively that they appear to have struck a chord in both the general population and the medical community.” –Yale Human Animal Medicine Project
“A truly fascinating look at the similarities between us and other animals…engrossing and enlightening reading.” –The Bark
“An entertaining and insightful series of anecdotes, bolstered by the latest in medical and veterinary science…” –Santa Barbara Independent

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The book is very well written.
All of the claims that the authors put forward are backed up by very reasonable research and examples, which only adds to the value of this book.
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What makes this book great is the number of interesting medical stories in the animal kingdom and how it relates to humans.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By D_shrink VINE VOICE on June 21, 2012
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The authors define ZOOBIQUITY as a connecting species spanning approach to the diagnostic challenges and therapeutic puzzles of clinical medicine.

Just a few of the many interesting inter-species connections discussed include that:

1. Rhinos get leukemia
2. Melanoma occurs in many animals from penguins to buffaloes
3. Koalas contract chlamydia - in fact, it is decimating them
4. Like humans, animals binge-eat, hoard food, and eat in secret at night
5. Octopi and stallions among other species engage in self mutilation
6. Chimpanzees in the wild suffer can suffer from depression
7. Many different species use plants to self medicate, including hallucinogens to feel better mentally
8. Animals do commit suicide, especially those with terminal parasitic infections
9. There was even evidence of dinosaurs having developed brain cancer

As an animal lover, especially of dogs and horses, I was pleased to find out that in 2012 the Canine Lifetime Health Project was begun to study the health and especially cancer in the 3000 Golden Retrievers signed up by their owners. This is the doggy equivalent of the famous Framingham Health Study for humans. An interesting side note to this area is that Beagles and Dachshunds were the least likely canine breeds to develop cancer, while unfortunately Boxers lead the list in developing mast cell tumors, which are quite rare in humans, and Chow Chows commonly get gastric carcinomas and melanomas.

In the chapter titled ROAR-GASM the author informs us that "[Sex in animals as in humans] is not always linked to reproduction. In fact, it could be argued that the vast majority of sexual activity in animals does not have procreation as a goal.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Book Shark TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 26, 2012
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Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers

"Zoobiquity" is the outstanding book that introduces a new approach on how to improve the health of both human and animal patients. This is a beautifully written book that captures the love of science, the advantages of cooperation with the ultimate purpose of serving all living kind. Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and staff editor Kathryn Bowers will take the reader on a wonderful and enlightening scientific journey through the animal kingdom with a focus on health. This excellent 320-page book is composed of the following twelve chapters: 1. Dr. House, Meet Doctor Dolittle, 2. The Feint of Heart, 4. Jews, Jaguars, and Jurassic Cancer, 4. Rour-gasm, 5. Zoophoria, 6. Scared to Death, 7. Fat Planet, 8. Grooming Gone Wild, 9. Fear of Feeding, 10. The Koala and the Clap, 11. Leaving the Nest and 12. Zoobiquity.

1. What a fun and enlightening book this was!
2. Extensively researched and well executed book.
3. Great accessible science writing. Engaging, educational and humorous. The authors treated this topic with the utmost respect and care.
4. A fascinating topic, learning about our relatives in the animal kingdom helps bring light to all species including ours.
5. Establishes early on the new approach to health that will benefit both human and all animal kind, Zoobiquity.
6. It's a journey through the animal kingdom. What makes this book great is the number of interesting medical stories in the animal kingdom and how it relates to humans. Bravo!
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Reads4Fun on June 12, 2012
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Just got my copy today and had enough time to read a few chapters on the subway rides to and from home. I'm finding it to be a fascinating read. I'm not a doctor, I'm not a veterinarian and don't have any fancy titles behind my name. Just love to read and Zoobiquity (I love the word) is very well-written for a lay audience member like myself. Clever chapter titles. Interesting details about health in humans and animals and cross-similarities between the two. Good humor injected here and there. It's not something I expected in a non-fiction book about health and medicine. Whether you are human, love animals, work in healthcare or simply love a good book, there's something in here for you. Eagerly looking for the next break to finish up this gem. A must read.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jersey Reader on November 15, 2012
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THe material was well communicated and the diversity of topics was interesting. In my Audio CD version, the reader was engaging and paced the narrative well. As mentioned in the heading, I thought the theme was interesting and well developed. Lots of detail, a nice description of the scientific to a non-scientist.

I did find however that the habit of listing ten animals for every condition was tiresome. I also thought there were perhaps too many examples and too much detail for the examples given. I found myself fast forwarding in places. The author also repeated herself a few times when covering similar material in different chapters.

For me, I would have been willing to give this four stars had the content been more focused. Maybe you will be more indulgent.
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