One Health: A “More-than-Human” History

Woods, Abigail (2022) One Health: A “More-than-Human” History. In: More-than-One Health Humans, Animals, and the Environment Post-COVID. Routledge, pp. 47-62. ISBN 9781032277868

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One Health: A “More-than-Human” History
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Historians and One Health advocates share a misfounded assumption that medicine in the past was a human-centered endeavor, which took an interest in animals only when they threatened or had the potential to advance human health. This chapter challenges this assumption through a series of examples of how British practitioners of human medicine engaged with diseased animals over the period circa 1790–1900. These reveal that in the relatively recent past, medical professionals paid far more attention to animal diseases and for a greater variety of reasons than are recognised by contemporary commentators.

Keywords:One Health, Medical History
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V140 Modern History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V380 History of Science
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
Divisions:College of Arts
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Deposited On:07 Nov 2022 14:38

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