UCLA physician crosses divide between human and animal medicine
UCLA cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz (from the left) and writing lecturer Kathryn Bowers discuss the focus of their new book with moderator Eryn Brown, a Los Angeles Times science writer. at a public event cosponsored by UCLA and Zocalo Public Square. Their book draws parallels between human and animal medicine.
“What do you call a veterinarian who can only take care of one species?”
It’s a longstanding joke that veterinarians make about doctors, said UCLA cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, at an event Tuesday night (June 19) co-presented by UCLA and Zocalo Public Square at the Petersen Automotive Museum. And it’s a joke with bite.
It shouldn’t be news that humans are animals too, but sometimes it seems that way to doctors who treat humans.
Natterson-Horowitz — by collaborating with veterinarians, evolutionary biologists and even wildlife conservationists — is challenging the divide that has long separated human medicine from animal medicine.
She and UCLA writing lecturer Kathryn Bowers, authors of a new book, "Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Art and Science of Healing," spoke with Los Angeles Times science writer Eryn Brown, moderator at the public discussion, about the parallels between human and animal diseases, and how all species stand to gain from recognizing where we overlap.