.ANIMALS, DISEASE AND HUMAN SOCIETY
In recent years, the issue of animal disease has seldom been out of the headlines. The emergence of BSE and the threat of food-borne infections such as E.coli and salmonella have focused public attention on the impact of animal disease on human society. However, the problem of animal disease is far from new. Animals, Disease and Human Society explores the history and nature of our dependency on other animals and the implications of this for human and animal health.
What compels us to enter the field of veterinary medicine? More importantly,
what keeps us here? You may wonder why, when you have been
on your feet for ten hours with no lunch break, when you are covered with
blood, feces, and vomit, when you have just argued with your boss and you’ve
had to euthanize your favorite patient.
Among the many catalogs of museum collections, few describe objects related to the practice of medicine.
This catalog is the first of a series on the medical sciences collections in the National Museum of History and
Technology (NMHT). Bloodletting objects vary from ancient sharp-edged instruments to the spring action and
automatic devices of the last few centuries. These instruments were used in a variety of treatments supporting
many theories of disease and therefore reflect many varied aspects of the history of medicine.
Blackwell Publishing. Book Condition: New. pp. 384 Veterinary Laboratory Medicine covers all aspects of basic clinical biochemistry and haematology, and includes test-by-test interpretation of laboratory results. Information is provided on sampling techniques, the selection and use of an external laboratory, as well as near-patient testing and the practice laboratory.
This collection was selected from papers presented at a conference titled
“Veterinary Science, Disease and Livestock Economies,” which was organized
by the editors and held at St Antony’s College, Oxford, in June 2005.
The idea for the conference originated from our project, sponsored by the
Wellcome Trust, which explored the history of veterinary science at the
Onderstepoort Research Laboratories in South Africa during the first half
of the twentieth century.
As a veterinary medicine student, in 1985, my interest in Indian art and
archaeology was strengthened during a bachelor course given at the
Faculty for South Asian Languages and Cultures by Karel van Kooij. As
a result of his great enthusiasm, it was that I decided to add as many
art history lessons as possible to the curriculum of my secondary study,
that of Indology. The rest of this curriculum was devoted to Sanskrit,
in which I evidently ﬁ nished my PhD. This classic language, had my
interest, not only because of the inspiring lessons and admiration for
Falconers, from China through Central Asia down into the Middle East, up across Europe
and on to the Americas, awake daily to begin a time honored management routine to prepare
their birds for the field. The origins of the steps each falconer takes daily are often steeped in
tradition, gleaned from experiences through centuries, learned from the falconers who