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Zoobiquity: Book Signing
Tuesday August 28, 2012
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D. and Kathryn Bowers
Tuesday, August 28th at 7pm
Come join the Co-Authors of Zoobiquity.
In the spring of 2005, cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz was called to consult on an unusual
Emperor tamarin at the Los Angeles Zoo. While examining the tiny monkey's sick heart, she learned that
animals can die of a form of cardiac arrest brought on by extreme emotional stress. It was a syndrome
a human condition but one that veterinarians called by a different name--and treated in innovative
This remarkable medical parallel launched Natterson-Horowitz on a journey of discovery that reshaped
approach to medicine. She began to search for other connections between the human and animal
animals get breast cancer, anxiety-induced fainting spells, sexually transmitted diseases? Do they suffer
obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia, addiction?
The answers were astonishing. Dinosaurs suffered from brain cancer. Koalas catch chlamydia. Reindeer
narcotic escape in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Stallions self-mutilate. Gorillas experience clinical
Joining forces with science journalist Kathryn Bowers, Natterson-Horowitz employs fascinating case
meticulous scholarship to present a revelatory understanding of what animals can teach us about the
and mind. "Zoobiquity" is the term the authors have coined to refer to a new, species-spanning
approach to health.
Delving into evolution, anthropology, sociology, biology, veterinary science, and zoology, they break
walls between disciplines, redefining the boundaries of medicine.
"Zoobiquity" explores how animal and human commonality can be used to diagnose, treat, and heal
patients of all
species. Both authoritative and accessible, offering cutting-edge research through captivating
provocative book encourages us to see our essential connection to all living beings.
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., earned her degrees at Harvard and the University of California, San
Francisco. She is a cardiology professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and serves on
medical advisory board of the Los Angeles Zoo as a cardiovascular consultant. Her writing has appeared
scientific and medical publications.
Kathryn Bowers was a staff editor at "The Atlantic" and a writer and producer at CNN International. She
edited and written popular and academic books and teaches a course at UCLA on medical narrative.
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