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Healing the Herds: Disease, Livestock Economies, and the Globalization of Veterinary Medicine offers a new and exciting
comparative approach to the complex interrelationships of microbes, markets, and medicine in the global economy. It draws upon fourteen case studies from the Americas, western Europe, and the European and Japanese colonies to illustrate how the rapid growth of the international trade in animals through the nineteenth century engendered the spread of infectious diseases, sometimes with devastating consequences for indigenous pastoral societies.

At different times and across much of the globe, livestock epidemics have challenged social order and provoked state interventions, which were sometimes opposed by pastoralists. The intensification of agriculture has transformed environments, with consequences for animal and human health. But the last two centuries have also witnessed major changes in the way societies have conceptualized diseases and sought to control them. The rise of germ theories and the discovery of vaccines against some infections made it possible to move beyond the blunt tools of animal culls and restrictive quarantines of the past. Nevertheless, these older methods have remained important to strategies of control and prevention, as demonstrated during the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Britain in 2001.

From the late nineteenth century, advances in veterinary technologies afforded veterinary scientists a new professional status and allowed them to wield greater political influence. In the European and Japanese colonies, state support for biomedical veterinary science often led to coercive policies for managing the livestock economies of the colonized peoples. In western Europe and North America, public responses to veterinary interventions were often unenthusiastic and reflected a latent distrust of outside interference and state regulation. Politics, economics, and science inform these essays on the history of animal diseases and the expansion in veterinary medicine.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Chapter 1 Epizootic Diseases in the Netherlands, 1713-2002
  2. pp. 19-41
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  1. Chapter 2 The Now-Opprobrious Title of "Horse Doctor"
  2. pp. 42-58
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  1. Chapter 3 Breeding Cows, Maximizing Milk
  2. pp. 59-75
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  1. Chapter 4 Policing Epizootics
  2. pp. 76-91
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  1. Chapter 5 For Better or Worse?
  2. pp. 92-107
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  1. Chapter 6 Fighting Rinderpest in the Philippines, 1886-1941
  2. pp. 108-128
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  1. Chapter 7 Diseases of Equids in Southeast Asia, c. 1800-c. 1945
  2. pp. 129-145
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  1. Chapter 8 "They Give Me Fever"
  2. pp. 146-162
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  1. Chapter 9 Animal Disease and Veterinary Administration in Trinidad and Tobago, 1879-1962
  2. pp. 163-179
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  1. Chapter 10 Nineteenth-Century Australian Pastoralists and the Origins of State Veterinary Services
  2. pp. 180-194
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  1. Chapter 11 Holding Water in Bamboo Buckets
  2. pp. 195-214
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  1. Chapter 12 Sheep Breeding in Colonial Canterbury (New Zealand)
  2. pp. 215-231
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  1. Chapter 13 Animal Science and the Representation of Local Breeds
  2. pp. 232-249
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  1. Chapter 14 Kenya's Cattle Trade and the Economics of Empire, 1918-48
  2. pp. 250-268
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 269-274
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 275-280
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 281-286
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 287-292
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 293-299
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780821443101
Related ISBN
9780821418857
MARC Record
OCLC
681350866
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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