Patterns of Animal Disease

Authored by: Abigail Woods

The Routledge History of Disease

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415720014
eBook ISBN: 9781315543420
Adobe ISBN: 9781134857876

10.4324/9781315543420.ch9

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Abstract

Animal disease is a key shaper and product of human, animal and environmental history. Its emergence and spread can be traced to the ecological relationships between animals and their environments, and to the ways in which humans have used and manipulated them to better serve human ends. Disease not only impacted on animal health and well-being. Heavy human dependence on animals for food, income, transport, companionship, military strength, cultural capital and the creation of scientific knowledge, meant that it also had profound ramifications for human society, politics, economics, health, science and nutrition.

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