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David Waltner-Toews is a rare flower, a poet, philosopher and scientist with ancient Scheherazade's talents at storytelling and a scholar's knowledge of myth and history . . . How wonderful to be entertained by literature like this while being educated on a critical issue at the same time. —Globe & Mail(2007-02-01)
There is not enough vaccine to inoculate us all against bird flu . . . [however The Chickens Fight Back] may just be a vaccination against fear and ignorance. In plain (and occasionally saucy, funny, and contrarian) language, Waltner-Toews explains how humans throughout history have picked up diseases from animals ranging from fleas and ticks to cats, dogs, rats, pigs, mice, chickens, and cattle . . . This book is a quiet little gem of understanding in a cacophony of panic and fear. —Quill & Quire/i>(2007-04-01)
If you have any interest at all in epidemiology, modern medicine, or the survival of the human race, do read Ontario veterinarian and University of Guelph professor David Waltner-Toews's The Chickens Fight Back . . . Even hypochondriacs can take hope from Waltner-Toews's level-headed opinions. —Georgia Straight(2007-06-14)
David Waltner-Toews's new deeply insightful book, The Chickens Fight Back . . . is a page-turner presented with irreverent humour and many hair-raising anecdotes from his own world-wide research into disease ecology. He shows how the past constantly complicates current public and individual health . . . Waltner-Toews' discussion of current politics of disease-control and how economic priorities feed epidemics is truly a revelation. —Vitality Magazine(2007-09-01)
After traveling the world to investigate zoonoses . . . [Waltner-Toews] now shares a most timely and fascinating collection of findings with readers. Waltner-Toews's approach differs from the sensationalism with which the topic is addressed in the popular media . . . his book's . . . purpose is to dispel panic and educate us into action. —Alive Magazine(2007-11-01)
Dr. David Waltner-Toews is a veterinarian and epidemiologist specializing in diseases people get from animals. He is a professor at the University of Guelph, founding president of Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières Canada, and author of numerous books of poetry and nonfiction. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario.