Thursday, 20 May 2010

The latest issue of Anthrozoös: a multidiscplinary journal of the interactions between people and animals leads off with an article of mine on how people's experiences with human variants of diabetes inform their responses to canine and feline diabetes -- and vice-versa.

This paper extends the concept of illness prototypes, especially as articulated by the anthropologist Allan Young, to people's relationships with animals. The title is: "Prototypes Connect Human Diabetes with Feline and Canine Diabetes in the Context of Animal-Human Bonds: An Anthropological Analysis."

A video news release is currently available via the front page of one of the funders, Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions (See "Fido can teach us a few tricks...Study recommends leveraging love of pets for better human health). A print news release that summarizes the main findings and key implications is also available from that site.

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