A Special Kind of Doctor: A History of Veterinary Medicine in Texas

A Special Kind of Doctor: A History of Veterinary Medicine in Texas


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A Special Kind of Doctor: A History of Veterinary Medicine in Texas by Henry C. Dethloff, Donald H. Dyal

The story of veterinary medicine is a story of the human-animal bond and of a very special kind of doctor who works at that interface. It is a story of science, of professionalism, of practical experience. In Texas--with the longest international boundary of any state, with a larger and more diverse animal population than most, and with one of the highest per capita ownerships of pets--the challenges and opportunities have been especially pressing.

Whether dosing a herd of 300-pound calves with oral medication or treating a baboon in a local zoo for a ruptured disk, the veterinarian must rely on professional training. This training dates in Texas from 1888, when Dr. Mark Francis, who became one of the most distinguished practitioners in the United States, became head of the fledgling program at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. Francis quickly established research and public health activities as companions to teaching at the school.

The authors have recorded the history of the profession and its organizational arm in Texas. They have set it in the context of the national profession and of larger events in the society. Veterinary medicine, like human medicine, with which it has a close interrelationship, has undergone enormous change in the past century; this book tells the story of that change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780890964835
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 09/28/1991
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Henry C. Dethloff is a professor of history at Texas A&M University.Donald H. Dyal is an associate professor and director of special collections, Sterling C. Evans Library, Texas A&M University.

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