One Health: People, Animals, and the Environment

ISBN: 9781555818425
ISBN-10: 1555818420
Copyright: 2014
Edition: 1st
Editors: Atlas, Ronald M., Maloy, Stanley,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 99
Reviewer: John Pierce,  MBBS(MD) PhD  (Navy Environmental Health Center)
This is an entry from the American Society for Microbiology into what the editors believe must be a global strategy in responding to the threat of infectious diseases. As such, it is a summary of emerging zoonotic diseases and case histories (West Nile, Hantavirus, and many more) in the context of informed response.
The term used as the book's title is obviously gaining traction, and the book will become a resource for individuals wanting to understand the interdependence of species and the nature of disease.
The editors describe the audience as encompassing physicians, veterinarians, environmental scientists, microbiologists, public health workers, and policy makers, and others who want to understand the interdependence of human, animal and ecosystem health issues. Review of author affiliations reveals a broad spectrum of types of affiliations, including basic science and clinical departments, research institutes, government agencies at every level and across the globe; these affiliations are somewhat a reflection of the readership.
The 20 chapters are written by about 75 well-positioned authors. Major headings include Why One Health (triple threat, conceptual value, human-animal interface, ecological approaches and infectious disease of wildlife); Zoonotic and Environmental Drivers (RNA viruses, rabies, influenza, food-borne disease, cholera and white-nose syndrome); One Health and Antibiotic Resistance (nature); Disease Surveillance (web-basing, genomic and metagenomic approaches and surveillance of wildlife); Making One Health a Reality (the future, crossing bureaucratic boundaries and lessons learned from East Africa).
The book is persuasive in its argument that recognizing interdependence between human health, animal health, and environmental health is critical. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which are connected to increased air travel (global village concept), climate change and ecological disturbance, and the role of novel emerging diseases. While no easy task, I believe the editors have nailed it, presenting a book as a blueprint for understanding our way forward.
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1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 10
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? N/A