"What many of us have suspected and observed is now well documented by P. Elizabeth Anderson in this thoroughly researched and well written book. As a physician who has spent a career concerned with human health and quality of life, I find her book to be tremendously enlightening on the therapeutic effects of animals on human beings. I strongly recommend this book for health professionals and students." -- David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., 16th Surgeon General of the United States "Studies show that people who have companions that they love, whether animal or human, are healthier than those who don't. In this wonderful book, P. Elizabeth Anderson shows that love is its own reward--not only feeling better, but often living longer. For many people, having a pet provides the experience of unconditional, nonjudgmental love, which is healing for both. Highly recommended." -- Dean Ornish, M.D. Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco Author, Love & Survival and The Spectrum "My dogs bring out the best in me--and Anderson's book explains why. Her book combines historical perspectives, scientific insights, and personal anecdotes in a text that is easy to read, scholarly, and thoroughly engaging. Her love and respect for animals are inspirational. This is a great book for anyone who has ever had a pet--or is thinking of getting one." -- James Blumenthal Professor of Psychology, Duke University (and guardian of 2 standard poodles)
Foreword by Gerald P. Koocher Introduction: A New Era for Companion Animals 1. Companion Animals in America and around the Globe 2. Genesis and Nature of the Bond 3. Why We Choose Certain Animals as Companions 4. Roles That Animals Play in Our Lives and How We Influence Each Other 5. Embedded with HumansAnimals in the Human World 6. Pets as Medicine 7. Protecting Our Companion Animals 8. When Love Hurts 9. Love Gone Bad Series Afterword by Judy Kuriansky Notes Bibliography Index
P. Elizabeth Anderson is a national award-winning author and journalist with more than 17 years experience in clinical research and 30 years in activities to promote and protect companion animals. She has written for publications of Duke University Medical Center, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Public Health Service. Prior to writing this book, she was a writer and editor for the Humane Society of the United States. She co-authored an earlier book, Emotional Longevity, with her husband, Dr. Norman B. Anderson, CEO of the American Psychological Association.
"The human-animal bond has long been a hot topic in recent years and journalist Anderson offers an insightful overview. . . . This well-organized, well rounded book provides excellent background, complemented by quality resources for futher information, compiled by Anderson in her research. Readers will find it entertaining and informative, with lots of pictures and examples of companion animals assisting humans and touching their lives.Recommended." - Choice