- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; 1 edition (April 9, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307477436
- ISBN-13: 978-0307477439
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 178 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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
About the Author
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., earned her degrees at Harvard and the University of California, San Francisco. She is a cardiology professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and serves on the medical advisory board of the Los Angeles Zoo as a cardiovascular consultant. Her writing has appeared in many scientific and medical publications.
Kathryn Bowers was a staff editor at The Atlantic and a writer and producer at CNN International. She has edited and written popular and academic books and teaches a course at UCLA on medical narrative.
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The author is a cardiologist and psychiatrist who moonlights at zoos. She noted over the years the similarities among species including us two-legged ones and has collected oddball case histories. Some are a bit detailed for the layman since, after all, it’s written by a physician, however the strange parallels are worth the read. The second chapter on 'Feint of Heart' draws on about robins and generals fainting in the heat of battle, the third chapter is 'Jews, Jaguars & Jurassic Park', and in the fourth ‘Roar-gasm’ we learn that stallions at stud farms are allowed three stands to get the job done and then they're kicked out, just like the johns facing alarm clocks on Times Square. Ensuing chapters on 'Fat Planet' and so on offer hundreds if not a thousand examples of how human and animal health relate. We all get diseases, and for most of the ‘civilization diseases’ that comprise 80% of a physician’s practice the author intimates that it’s indeed better to go see a vet.
I give this book four 'stars' to a physician and fine author for the courage to rear on her hind legs and point out to colleges and readers the benefits of studying animal medicine to cure ourselves. One drawback is the book follows what I call the 90-10 rule which so many genius-crackpot offer that 90% of the evidence cases presented are false comparisons while the other 10% are astonishingly refreshing insights. It's up to the reader to distinguish which is which.
However, if you are already well versed in human and animal evolution not much in this book will be new to you. Still a fun read, just will not have the meaty content you are looking for.
all One, as the prophets declared? Unfortunate convoluted title (Zoobiquity) which is cute but doesn't make you to pick up
the book and read it. Yet it should be read by everyone interested in health, the survival of the species (ourselves included), and
new medical breakthroughs about cancer, heart disease, etc. After this book, I have greater respect for veterinarians and their
work. Society has put them on a lower rung than our over-specialized medical doctors. This is unfortunate, as the two disciplines should draw closer and learn from each other. Not only is this book an eve-opener, but I hope it will start a much needed dialogue on how much like animals we really are.