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March 5, 2013

Lectures to explore 'Zoobiquity'

Submitted by Jane P. Marshall

The link between human and animal health

What does a flamingo’s heart attack, a dolphin’s diabetes or a jaguar’s breast cancer mean for you?

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., and Kathryn Bowers will present two free lectures onwhat animals can teach us about our health and the science of healing.

Their book  "Zoobiquity" is about listening to and observing animal patient’s experiences with health and illness, to create a greater sense of respect across species and inform human treatments.

They will lecture at noon Wednesday, March 13, at the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Frick Auditorium in Mosier Hall. The discussion, geared to students and professionals in the health fields, will focus on how the veterinary approach in animals can inform and guide physicians challenged by the same issues in human patients. 

A 7 p.m. lecture at Sunset Zoo’s Nature Exploration Center will highlight Natterson-Horowitz’s experiences at the Los Angeles Zoo and the connections the authors have made to the practice of human medicine. 

Natterson-Horowitz is a cardiologist at UCLA Medical Center, a cardiac consultant for the Los Angeles Zoo and professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Bowers is a journalist and editor who taught writing at UCLA.

Funding for the events is provided by the College of Human Ecology, department of human nutrition, the Friends of Sunset Zoo, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Academic Excellence Fund.

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