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June 9, 1969

Veterinary Medicine and Human Health

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1969;208(10):1910-1911. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160100100033

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The significance of veterinary medicine for human health has been known to both physician and veterinarian. At the highest scientific research brackets, harmony has always existed. Yet at the practitioner levels of both professions in the United States, minimal interchange exists. The place of the veterinarian as investigator, and his contribution to the needs of human good health, are little appreciated in medicine.

Such must be the inference drawn from the first section of this text which discusses the theory, the practice, and the importance of the veterinarian as integral member of the total health team. These chapters portray a history and a philosophy of the veterinarian's place in medicine. Many examples recall the difficulties, still apparent even 20 years ago, facing the medical biologist who sought to correlate many of the diseases of animals with those of man.

The approach to integrating the two fields is accomplished mostly by