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POSTPONED: "Animals and the Shaping of Modern Medicine" Dr Angela Cassidy (University of Exeter)

Book Launch

TO BE RESCHEDULED. Book Launch event. Egenis, CRPR (Centre for Rural Policy Research) and the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health will be co-hosting a book launch event for “Animals and the Shaping of Modern Medicine: One Health and its Histories” co-authored by Abigail Woods (King’s College London), Michael Bresalier (Swansea University), Angela Cassidy (University of Exeter, CRPR/Egenis) and Rachel Mason Dentinger (University of Utah).

Event details

Published by Palgrave Macmillan, this book breaks new ground by situating animals and their diseases at the very heart of modern medicine. In demonstrating their historical significance as subjects and shapers of medicine, it offers important insights into past animal lives, and reveals that what we think of as ‘human’ medicine was in fact deeply zoological. Each chapter analyses an important episode in which animals changed and were changed by medicine. Ranging across the animal inhabitants of Britain’s zoos, sick sheep on Scottish farms, unproductive livestock in developing countries, and the tapeworms of California and Beirut, they illuminate the multi-species dimensions of modern medicine and its rich historical connections with biology, zoology, agriculture and veterinary medicine. The modern movement for One Health – whose history is also analysed – is therefore revealed as just the latest attempt to improve health by working across species and disciplines.

This book will appeal to historians and social scientists interested in animals, science and medicine; as well as to researchers, practitioners and policymakers involved in the promotion and practice of One Health today.  It has been published Open Access online with the generous support of Wellcome Trust.

At the event, we will hear from University of Exeter academics about the importance of One Health – and its histories – for their own research; and the project team will reflect upon their own experiences of working across species and disciplines. 


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