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Animals and Disease
An Introduction to the History of Comparative Medicine

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  • Date Published: August 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521018449

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  • Animals and Disease examines the interactions of medicine and veterinary medicine in their common quest for ways of combating and controlling epidemic diseases in man and animals. Emphasis is placed on the study of animal disease itself, and its implications for human medicine, at first empirically, and later by deliberate use of animal models. Following a general introduction, the text is mainly concerned with developments of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, focusing in particular on the apparent paradox of the founding of the Brown Institution in London, an institute for comparative medicine, nearly twenty years before similar institutes appeared in France and in Germany, although comparative medicine was studied with much more enthusiasm there than in the British Isles. The rise and fall of the Brown Institute and the subsequent rise of the great institutes of Paris and Berlin is discussed, concluding with the rise at the turn of the century of American institutes for comparative medicine.

    • Describes the origins and development of comparative medicine
    • Discusses the interrelationship with medicine and veterinary medicine
    • Provides a new perspective on the history of bacteriology
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Regardless of the discipline of an academic veterinarian, I believe this book to be a must in one's reading list as a help in understanding the role of veterinary medicine in its service to mankind." R.B. Talbot, Journal of Veterinary Medical Education

    "The mastery of primary and secondary sources, wit, and style make this book enjoyable reading." T.P. Gariepy, Choice

    "...an interesting book that will have special appeal to veterinarians, edidemiologists, and teachers of preventive medicine and public health....should be read by all those who are interested in epidemiology." James H. Steele, New England Journal of Medicine

    "... an important edition to the literature of veterinary medicine and is not just for history buffs. For those who wish to pursue individual topics further, there are 37 pages of references and annotation." J. Fred Smithcors, Agri-Practice

    "...traces the history of veterinary medicine from antiquity through virological research in animal pathology conducted at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in the twentieth century...a valuable contribution. It is also topical in the brave new world of baboon liver transplants and speculation about the primate origins of AIDS." Susan E. Lederer, ISIS

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521018449
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 155 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Attitudes to animal health and disease in the ancient world
    2. From the dark ages to the dawn of enlightenment
    3. Impact of cattle plague in the early eighteenth century
    4. Cattle plague in England and on the European continent 1714–80
    5. The first veterinary schools and their corollary: veterinary science in the making
    6. Patterns of veterinary education and professional achievement in England 1750–1900
    7. From transmissibility of Rabies and Glanders to the Bacteridium of Anthrax 1800–70
    8. Putrid intoxication, animate contagion, and early epidemiology
    9. Establishing professional comparative medicine in nineteenth century France: policies and personalities
    10. British comparative pathology after 1870
    11. The Brown Animal Sanatory Institution
    12. Nineteenth century developments in comparative medicine on the European continent
    13. From European nucleus to world-wide growth of Institutes of Comparative Medicine.

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    Lise Wilkinson

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