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An unspoken art : profiles of veterinary life

by Gutkind, Lee.

Format: Print Book 1997
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Sewickley Public Library Nonfiction 636.089 GUT 1997
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  636.089 GUT 1997
Since James Herriot first began his practice almost a century ago, new technologies and the changing concerns of animal owners have dramatically altered the veterinarian's world. Through a kaleidoscope of contrasting portraits, Lee Gutkind introduces an equally impassioned lot of doctors and their sometimes eccentric patients. Animal lovers will love this journey from tony, expensive Manhattan practices to mucky farms, from cutting-edge animal hospitals to zoos and aquatic parks.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ever since James Herriot captivated readers with his stories of veterinary medicine in England, we have been fascinated with the lives of veterinarians. Gutkind explores a community that most people know little about, profiling a broad range of practitioners and documenting how the profession has changed since Herriot's day. One change Gutkind documents is the gender shift in veterinary medicine: 7 of 10 students currently admitted to veterinary school are women. Moving from the rarefied atmosphere of Manhattan and the pets of the well-to-do to veterinary work in research laboratories and emergency clinics, from surgery on racehorses in well-equipped modern hospitals to surgery performed on farm and zoo animals using makeshift operating theaters, the author provides an excellent overview of the options available in today's veterinary work. By also documenting the dedication to the psychological as well as the physical well-being of their patients, Gutkind affords an appealing and well-written profile of veterinary life that is recommended for all libraries. --Nancy Bent"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Gutkind notes that some 45% of cat owners and 25% of dog owners invite their pets into their beds at night‘exactly the (people) audience that will be charmed by his depiction of veterinarians, whom he considers more humanistic than physicians. Focusing on a clinic on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and its practice, devoted to household pets; on the New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania, which performs extraordinary equine surgery and the Pittsburgh Zoo and the relatively new fields of zoo and wildlife veterinary, Gutkind (Stuck in Time) takes us into remarkably caring and occasionally heroic lives. Also disarming, he treats pet owners with the same respect he does animals here, even the woman who spent $50,000 for treatments that extended her cat's life by three years and a dog owner who persists in feeding her ailing pet its preferred, unhealthy diet of chicken and kiwi. And although it's outside the province of his book, Gutkind briefly discusses medical research on animals, though he sidesteps the controversy. He may not be the next best thing to James Herriot, but he knows how to tell animal tales that are endearing without being cloying. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Veterinarians -- United States.
Veterinary medicine -- United States.
Veterinary medicine -- Vocational guidance -- United States.
Veterinary medicine.
Veterinary medicine -- Vocational guidance.
Publisher New York :Henry Holt and Co.,1997
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "Portions of this book were first published in slightly different forms in Prairie schooner, The Sonora review, and The crab orchard review and in The art of nonfiction: writing and selling the literature of reality, published by John Wiley & Sons"--T.p. verso.
Includes index.
Description 226 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0805033211 (alk. paper)
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