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O Magazine and The Los Angeles Times included this book on their 2012 summer reading lists, which made us want to pick it up. We're glad we did. Its stories on the connections between human and animal health are funny, engaging, and often amazing. We appreciate the new perspective it's given us – and we're sure you will, too.

From the Publisher

With science journalist Kathryn Bowers, cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz employs fascinating case studies and meticulous scholarship to present a revelatory understanding of what animals can teach us about the human body and mind. In her research she discovered astonishing connections between humans and animals: Koalas catch chlamydia. Reindeer seek escape in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Stallions self-mutilate. Gorillas experience clinical depression. Delving into evolution, anthropology, sociology, biology, and zoology, they break down the walls between disciplines, redefining the boundaries of medicine.


  • Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD & Kathryn Bowers
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.7" x 1.2" x 9.6"
  • Publisher: Knopf, first edition (June 12, 2012)
  • ISBN–13: 978-0307593481