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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1 edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307477436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307477439
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Look Inside Zoobiquity

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"Full of fascinating stories. . . . I was beguiled.” —Atul Gawande, M.D., bestselling author of Complications

“Provocative. . . . It’s exciting to watch a doctor discovering just how much the animal kingdom has to teach her.” —Carl Zimmer, The Daily Beast
“Illuminating . . . [and] difficult to put down. . . . Reading Zoobiquity gave this reader a totally new perspective on his furred and feathered neighbors.” —Dennis Rosen, The Boston Globe

“[A] pacy, readable, and entertaining manifesto for a zoobiquitous approach to health and wellbeing, to be welcomed by vets and other human animals.”—The Observer (London)

“Not only [have the authors] presented a very credible argument for collaboration between disciplines, but she has done so in a most entertaining and beautifully written manner.” —New York Journal of Books

“[The authors] make a convincing case. . . . You will find the argument hard to resist. Plus you will have some killer dinner party gems.” —New Scientist

“Tremendously interesting and beautifully written. . . . At once entertaining and respectful of the reader’s intelligence.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“Profoundly illuminating. . . . As clarion and perception-altering as works by Oliver Sacks, Michael Pollan, and E. O. Wilson.” —Booklist (starred review)

“The book features countless intriguing anecdotes. . . . After finishing, you’re guaranteed to never look at your dog, cat, or any other animal the same way again.” —Publishers Weekly

“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 [and] useful.” —Kirkus Reviews

“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, Ph.D., 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., author of Animals Make Us Human

“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.” —Neil Shubin, paleontologist and author of Your Inner Fish

“This important book shatters barriers between disciplines and professions. . . . A ‘must read’ for  students interested in animals and evolution who are considering careers as biologists, ethologists, physicians, veterinarians, nurses, dentists, psychotherapists, nutritionists and many others.” —Marc Bekoff, author of Minding Animals and The Emotional Lives of Animals, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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The book is very well written.
This important book highlights how both animals' and people's health can benefit from physicians communicating with veterinarians.
Fascinating book-- I started out reading it from the library and wanted my own copy.
Elizabeth Shenk

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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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41 of 53 people found the following review helpful By jenny12345 on September 14, 2012
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First off, I must admit that I have not yet finished the book. I'm only on the cancer section, and I'm not sure if I will finish it. Initially I was really excited to find this book (I have the kindle audio edition), because I'm a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian, so I encounter and appreciate comparative medicine on a daily basis. But almost immediately, I was turned off by the author's repetitive and nauseating writing style- overuse of adjectives, subjectivity, egotism, etc. Furthermore, this book so far has NOT offered anything new. I realize that most people may not realize this, because they are not in the field of comparative medicine. And I would have no problem if the author simply chose to present the information in a book that is accessible to the everyday person. The author does do this, but that is not all she does- she claims that she is taking a new, 'zoobiquitous' approach that few people if any have done before. In fact, this is not a new approach at all and is done every day through comparative medicine studies, namely animal research, which the author makes quite clear that she is opposed to. But it becomes obvious that in her opposition to animal research, she has failed to recognize the many benefits that comparative animal research has provided (although she does make reference to research findings, but does not mention that those findings came from animal research).

The entire book thus far exudes a sense of profoundness- as if the author is crossing uncharted territory.
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