Comparative Medicine: Disorders Linking Humans with Their Animals

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by Erika Jensen-Jarolim
February 2017
This book highlights the most significant diseases for humans and their dogs, cats and horses. The examples discussed, which include allergies, osteoporosis, cancer and many more, illustrate that humans and their companion animals may in fact develop similar diseases.
The reader – whether expert or interested lay – can thus directly compare between human and animal patients. The animal patient thereby represents a natural disease model, which besides the experimental models, is urgently needed to improve the therapeutic options for both humans and animals.
Provides an overview on the pathophysiology of common diseases in human and selected model animals
Introduces new concepts in comparative medicine
Critically discusses the need of animal experimental models for understanding the molecular mechanisms of human diseases