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Canines, Consanguinity, and One-Medicine: All the Qualities of a Dog except Loyalty

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The rise of pet culture and the expansion of medical science occurred concurrently in the late

    nineteenth century. From this time in Anglo-American societies dogs were simultaneously

    valorised as ‘man’s best friend’ and the ‘ideal model’ for experimental medicine. By tracking the

    hounds into our laboratories and onto the settee, changes in our conception of the properties of

    blood and canine breeding can be

    used to excavate covert connections between the

    contradictory social and scientific utilisations of this species. Describing the movement of

    genealogical and medical knowledge between the benchtop, the kennel and the clinic illustrates

    how Rudolph Virchow’s earlier promotion of a concept of ‘one-medicine’ foreshadowed the

    twentieth-century concomitant development and intermingling of the biomedical sciences and a

    sophisticated companion animal medical expertise.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Degeling, C. (2008). Canines, Consanguinity, and One-Medicine: All the Qualities of a Dog except Loyalty. Health and History, 10 (2), 23-47.

Number Of Pages


  • 24

Start Page


  • 23

End Page


  • 47

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • The rise of pet culture and the expansion of medical science occurred concurrently in the late

    nineteenth century. From this time in Anglo-American societies dogs were simultaneously

    valorised as ‘man’s best friend’ and the ‘ideal model’ for experimental medicine. By tracking the

    hounds into our laboratories and onto the settee, changes in our conception of the properties of

    blood and canine breeding can be

    used to excavate covert connections between the

    contradictory social and scientific utilisations of this species. Describing the movement of

    genealogical and medical knowledge between the benchtop, the kennel and the clinic illustrates

    how Rudolph Virchow’s earlier promotion of a concept of ‘one-medicine’ foreshadowed the

    twentieth-century concomitant development and intermingling of the biomedical sciences and a

    sophisticated companion animal medical expertise.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Degeling, C. (2008). Canines, Consanguinity, and One-Medicine: All the Qualities of a Dog except Loyalty. Health and History, 10 (2), 23-47.

Number Of Pages


  • 24

Start Page


  • 23

End Page


  • 47

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia