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The History of Human-Animal Relations (August 2017): Pets

By J. Wendel Cox


Pets have been the subject of many studies, and interesting titles abound. One of the most accessible and edifying is Katherine C. Grier’s Pets in America: A History. Susan D. Jones’s Valuing Animals: Veterinarians and Their Patients in Modern America is a fascinating account of the professionalization of veterinary care and the profession’s deliberate self-fashioning as guarantors of the health and welfare of companion animals beginning in the 1930s. Jones’s brief Death in a Small Package: A Short History of Anthrax is another exceptional work by this veterinarian-cum-historian, addressing a small but formidable animal other: Bacillus anthracis. Finally, deeply influential amongst historians is Yi-Fu Tuan’s Dominance and Affection: The Making of Pets, the work of one of today’s most productive cultural geographers.

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