Animals, Disease and Human Society: Human-animal Relations and the Rise of Veterinary Medicine, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Animals, Disease and Human Society

Human-animal Relations and the Rise of Veterinary Medicine, 1st Edition

By Joanna Swabe


202 pages

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This book explores the history and nature of our dependency on other animals and the implications of this for human and animal health. Writing from an historical and sociological perspective, Joanna Swabe's work discusses such issues as:

* animal domestication

* the consequences of human exploitation of other animals, including links between human and animal disease

* the rise of a veterinary regime, designed to protect humans and animals alike

* implications of intensive farming practices, pet-keeping and recent biotechnological developments.

This account spans a period of some ten thousand years, and raises important questions about the increasing intensification of animal use for both animal and human health.


'Joanna Swabe's book is one of the first works to examine human-animal relations from a historical and social perspective for some years … an astoundingly broad work.' - Richard Hankins, University of Liverpool'

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Domestication, Dependency and Disease 3. Animals, Disease and Human Social Life: From Ancient Times to the Early Modern Period 4. The Unfolding Veterinary Regime 5. The Intensification of Livestock Production and the Veterinary Regime during the Twentieth Century 6. Pandering to Pets: Pet-keeping and the Emergence of Small Animal Practice 7. Epilogue. Appendix.

About the Author

Joanna Swabe is the EU Director for Humane Society International (HSI).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society

Books in this series consider social science aspects of science studies. Authors discuss how science is socially situated and mediated, how science and technology are shaped by society and society by science and technology. Books will consider the social impact of new technologies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General