Zoobiquity

I have a running list of books I hope to read by the end of the year; after this presentation, Zoobiquity has become one of my top options.While the content of the book was probably only barely touched upon considering the time constraints of the talk, the summarized facts the authors were able to relay were extremely fascinating to me. It is one thing to compare humans and animals in terms of diseases, behaviors, and even social constructs. What brings that idea to a whole new level is comprehending just how deep these connections truly go, and it was that aspect that kept my interest peaked for the entirety of the presentation. I very much agree with the points the doctors made about how the overlap of disciplines of doctors of all specialties can be a great help in the medical and scientific communities. From cancer and heart disease to even mental illnesses and obesity, the evidence began to pile up as to how imperative is it for the medical community to not divide itself among the kinds of patients each doctors serve, as the ailments are much the same. In a way it seems like a waste of resources to consider how much vets know about specific diseases that have plagued animals for decades, even centuries, and that their expertise is at times not fully appreciated or utilized by human doctors on account of the patients they treat being “different”. When vets and physicians do collaborate, it’s pretty amazing how just having that open communication allows for huge advancements in medicine, especially given the examples of West Nile virus and the injectible melanoma treatment the authors brought up. Overall, I found the presentation to be extremely insightful, and I look forward to reading the book in the future.

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