"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
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz is a respected UCLA cardiologist and psychiatrist, but one of the most significant encounters of her professional life was with a furry tamarin monkey who was suffering from heart failure. What she learned from her cute little primate patient at the Los Angeles Zoo changed her views about health, animals, medicine, and humans. Already being touted as a potential offbeat bestseller comparable to works by Temple Grandin and Oliver Sacks.
The fossil record indicates that dinosaurs developed cancer. Chlamydia is rampant in wild koala bear populations. Wallabies in Tasmania are hooked on opium. In this intriguing book, cardiologist and psychiatrist Natterson-Horowitz, along with science journalist Bowers, explore some of humanity’s most pressing health problems (cancer, obesity) through the eyes of the animal kingdom. The authors argue in favor of the “One Health” worldview, which brings doctors and veterinarians into close collaboration to discuss causation and treatment of diseases. For example, since stress-induced heart attacks affect both humans and animals, who’s to say that human doctors can’t learn from the research of veterinarians, and vice versa? The book features countless intriguing anecdotes of cross-species health problems, such as the cocker spaniel who became addicted to licking a toad or the stallion with mating problems, as well as some unforgettable one-liners: “all male mammals descend from a shared ancestral ejaculator.” But the memorable examples are intended to serve the greater purpose of emphatically demonstrating that doctors and veterinarians would benefit from working together. Despite the remarkable content, the book’s formulaic structure means that it is best consumed in small bites. Still, after finishing, you’re guaranteed to never look at your dog, cat, or any other animal the same way again. Agent: Tina Bennett, Janklow & Nesbit. (June)
A cardiology professor at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, Natterson-Horowitz was called in as a consultant when a monkey at the Los Angeles Zoo had heart failure. Subsequently, she launched an interdisciplinary study (here dubbed zoobiquity) of what animals and humans have in common in sickness and healing. Health care and animal-human bonding, it's bound to attract attention.
Natterson-Horowitz (Cardiology/UCLA School of Medicine) and former Atlantic Monthly editor Bowers investigate the correlation between human and animal health issues. Cancer, heart attacks, obesity and STDs are afflictions most people associate with humans. However, the authors demonstrate that these are also common ailments in the animal world. Fascinated with the health connection between animals and humans, the authors coin the term "zoobiquity," which means the "connecting, species-spanning approach to the diagnostic and therapeutic puzzles of clinical medicine." By accepting our common genetic backgrounds, the authors propose an increase in the exchange of medical information between doctors and veterinarians, as human behavior parallels that of animals in many different arenas. Masturbation, homosexuality and rape are common in the animal world. The "feather-picking disorder" of birds plucking feathers until they bleed is similar to the "cutting" teenage girls administer to themselves. Anorexia can be linked to the nervous behaviors of our "animal forebears," who lived with the constant fear of not having enough to eat, or of being eaten. The wild behavior of some adolescent males mimics the impulsive antics of still-maturing rats and primates. Sudden noises or traumatic accidents and natural disasters cause an uptick in cardiomyopathy in humans and animals, even if there is no evidence of heart disease in either species. Whether discussing koala bears with chlamydia, stallions with performance dysfunction, or Tasmanian wallabies intoxicated on poppy sap, 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.