New York Times Bestseller
A Discover Magazine Best Book of 2012
An O, The Oprah Magazine “Summer Reading” Pick
Finalist, 2013 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
Cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and science writer Kathryn Bowers redefine the boundaries of medicine with a simple yet profound observation: although animals and humans get the same diseases, physicians and veterinarians rarely discuss the shared health challenges of their patients of many species. This revelatory new lens–our evolutionary connections with other animals–transforms our understanding of the very nature of human illness and has inspired a new approach to human medicine.
From cancer, heart disease, and obesity to anxiety, eating disorders, and addiction, Zoobiquity upends our approach to physical and mental health. Pathbreaking, urgent, and humane, this essential book offers hope and clarity to anyone seeking to demystify the workings of body and mind.
“Full of fascinating stories of intersection between human and nonhuman medicine…I was beguiled.” —Atul Gawande, M.D.
“Zoobiquity points the way to our future…An emerging and powerful approach to human health.” —Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish
“Fascinating reading about the similarities in both the physiology and behavior of people and animals.” —Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make us Human
“Provocative…It’s exciting to watch a doctor discovering just how much the animal kingdom has to teach.” —Carl Zimmer, The Daily Beast
“Illuminating … Difficult to put down…Reading Zoobiquity gave this reader a totally new perspective.” —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
“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