Common Reading Selection
Freshmen in the 2014, Case Western Reserve University class will read Zoobiquity by Barbara Natterson Horowitz, M.D & Kathryn Bowers for the common reading selection. Members of the class of 2018 will receive the book this summer. Each year, CWRU’s Common Reading book serves as a basis for programs and discussions for first-year students—beginning at orientation and continuing through the fall semester.
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In the spring of 2005, cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz was called to consult on an unusual patient: an Emperor tamarin at the Los Angeles Zoo. While examining the tiny monkey’s sick heart, she learned that wild animals can die of a form of cardiac arrest brought on by extreme emotional stress. It was a syndrome identical to a human condition but one that veterinarians called by a different name—and treated in innovative ways.
This medical parallel launched Natterson-Horowitz on a journey of discovery that reshaped her approach to medicine. She began to search for other connections between the human and animal worlds.
Joining forces with science journalist Kathryn Bowers, Natterson-Horowitz employs fascinating case studies and scholarship to present an understanding of what animals can teach us about the human body and mind. Zoobiquity is the term the authors coined to refer to a new, species-spanning approach to health. Delving into evolution, anthropology, sociology, biology, veterinary science, and zoology, they break down the walls between disciplines, redefining the boundaries of medicine.