Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Abigail Woods, Michael Bresalier, Angela Cassidy, Rachel Mason Dentinger
    Pages 1-26 Open Access
  3. Abigail Woods, Michael Bresalier, Angela Cassidy, Rachel Mason Dentinger
    Pages 237-245 Open Access
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 247-280

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

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 analyzed – is therefore revealed as just the latest attempt to improve health by working across species and disciplines.

This book will appeal to historians of animals, science and medicine, to those involved in the promotion and practice of One Health today.


Human health Medical research Biomedicine Animal testing Drug development One Health Public Health Zoological gardens Diseased Sheep Tuberculosis rickets inter-war medicine Calvin W. Schwabe Echinococcus tapeworm Healthy Cows Parasitological Pursuit Open Access

Authors and affiliations

  • Abigail Woods
    • 1
  • Michael Bresalier
    • 2
  • Angela Cassidy
    • 3
  • Rachel Mason Dentinger
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of HistoryKings College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of HistorySwansea UniversitySwanseaUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Department of PoliticsUniversity of ExeterExeterUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-64336-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-64337-3
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