This comprehensive book is an exploration of the history of veterinary medicine from the ancient world to the present as well as an examination of the development of man’s relationship with animals through early domestication, usage for food, fiber, traction, and transport to the current therapies and companion animals.
The development of the discipline of veterinary medicine is explored through the transition from art to science and man’s deeper understanding of animals through research and investigation. It is now possible to read both the recorded 4000-year history of animal disease and veterinary development together with the story of the animal-human relationships and welfare as one cohesive text, with extensive backup.
The book is organized so that it can be read in a linear manner, or for those researching a particular topic, by direct access to specific content. The species covered in detail are equine, bovine, ovine, caprine, porcine, canine, feline, avian, and aquatic, on every continent.
The History of Veterinary Medicine and the Animal-Human Relationship is both an informative read and a definitive reference text for veterinary historians, veterinary history societies, veterinary librarians, and archivists.
Part I The Veterinary Art Evolves
- Egypt, Mesopotamia, The Levant and Persia
- Greek (Aegean and Hellenic) Culture
- The Roman Empire
- The Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine)
- Islamic Veterinary and Human Medicine Develops
- East Asia: China, Indo-China, Korea and Japan
- South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Tibet
- The Americas: North, Central, South
- Australasia: Australia and New Zealand
- Africa: South Africa and Colonial Coutnries
Part II Europe Develops Veterinary Medicine
- The Middle Ages and Renaissance
- The Scientific Basis for Veterinary Medicine Evolves
- Veterinary Schools in France, Europe, then Britian
- Veterinary Medicine Arrives in North America and Advances
- From the 19th to the 21st Centuries
Part III Domestication, Utilisation and Disease Histories
- Equine: Horse, Donkey and Mule
- Bovine: Cattle, Buffalo, Yak and Others
- Ovine: Sheep
- Caprine: Goat
- Porcine: Pigs and Peccaries
- Cainine: Dogs
- Feline: Cats
- Avian Species: Poultry, Falcons, Parrots and Others
- Aquatic Species: Fish, Molluscs, Edibe Snails and Frogs
- Other Species
Appendix I – Animal Self-Medication
Appendix 2 – Veterinary Journals and Periodicals
Appendix 3 – Timeline of People and Events
Dr Alison Skipper, King’s College London –
The book is very accessible for veterinary professionals and others casually interested in the history of this field, as the clear headings and short sections make it easy to dip into or to investigate a particular topic. It provides a useful overview of veterinary history to orient the more serious researcher, and in this context is perhaps particularly valuable for its extensive and detailed coverage of earlier eras, which have not previously been brought together so conveniently and comprehensively.
Teresa Johnston, Veterinary History Magazine –
The book covers an extensive volume of detailed research material, presented in a very readable format. The author states “the purpose of this book is to examine and document the origin of what was initially termed the art for which has developed into the science veterinary medicine”. It covers not just the history of veterinary medicine but highlights the animal-human relationship and Bruce Vivash Jones acknowledges that “spiritual belief has been and still is significant in the animal human relationship”.
Nicola Davies, Companion Magazine Editor –
At the start of the book, the author explains he hopes that his writing will impart both interest and knowledge. This is a book that does both, in excess. … Vivash Jones creates a fascinating narrative through his dedication to illuminating the characters who lie behind the history of veterinary medicine. … Jones’s attention to detail must make this one of the most comprehensive books on veterinary history ever published? Surely every educational facility should have a copy, if not 10. … As I turned the last page of this tome I was struck with a sense of gratitude, and I feel compelled to use this review to thank the author. Thank you for taking the time to write this all down. Thank you for the interest and the knowledge. Finally, thank you to those characters who make up the history of veterinary medicine, it was very good to meet you.